American Forests

The objectives of American Forests, publisher of American Forests magazine, are to help people plant and care for trees for ecosystem restoration and healthier communities.

Articles from Vol. 108, No. 2, Summer

A Gift to the Future
Walnut trees evoke the value of planting, longevity, and good solid wood. We spent the day planting all 500 of those seeds up and down the banks of the Iowa River. We were simply ... planting a shadier future for whoever wanted to enjoy It. Did you ever...
American Forests Annual Report 2001
In the wake of September eleventh, American Forests decided to do what we do best: plant trees. The year 2001 was a year full of challenges. The economic downturn was capped with despicable acts of terrorism. In the wake of September 11, AMERICAN FORESTS...
A Tree of the Wild, Wild West
Growing up, I always loved stories of adventure, especially those of the American "Wild West." As I grew older, I discovered that one of those old-time heroes, the lawman Wyatt Earp, grew up near my hometown in Iowa. Earp and his brothers started life...
Black Christmas
As the long days of Australia's hot summer crept towards Christmas 2001, park rangers, firefighters, and people living in wooded areas listened to the weather forecasts with growing dread. Usually the southern hemisphere's summer months, which are December,...
Green Underwear
Like the main character in his new novel, U.S. Forest Service retiree Stan Tixier ascribes to the policy of "green underwear." After a long and distinguished career, Tier has turned to cowboy poetry, writing, and Missouri foxtrotters. Green Underwear:...
Letters
MORE ON BIG TREES editor: In regards to your Spring issue of the National Register of Big Trees 2002-2003, you have listed on page 19, [under] American Chestnut (Castenee denteta), a tree in Carson, Washington. This tree has been examined by Dr. Fred...
Oak Disease Poses New Threats
CLIPPINGS At first it seemed like the ebola of oaks-- new, sudden, virulent. Oozing reddish-- brown sap announced the mysterious killer's presence, then the tree's entire crown wilted and, seemingly overnight, it died. But as its range of victims grows,...
Picturing Yosemite
This unique course offers an artful way to show forestry students just how influential their decisions can be. It's barely light as three dozen sleepy-eyed students with loaded backpacks greet one another on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley....
Remembering a 1921 Memorial Tree Grove
CLIPPINGS As AMERICAN FORESTS continues its campaign to plant a memorial tree for each victim of September 11th, the organization recently had an opportunity to revisit one of the groves that started it all. Local Girl Scouts and veterans groups teamed...
Special Trees
EDITORIAL It's not the size or species, but the attributes and emotions we give them that make our arboreal neighbors so valued. In our last issue, we highlighted some special trees-the largest of their species-in AMERICAN FORESTS' National Register...
Stalwart Species
Tenacious and rugged, the fire-dependent whitebark pine endures where most other trees fail. Whitebark pine tends to feel at home high above sea level, up on windswept slopes dominated by long winters and low temperatures. It's a tree that finds comfort...
Supporting Roles for Leafy Celebs
From Clint Eastwood to Texas' proud tree owner Billy Finch, the April release of AMERICAN FORESTS' 2002-2003 National Register of Big Trees caused a stir in the world of trees. Eastwood's bluegum eucalyptus had another tree owner saying, "Make my day!"...
Taking a Measure of Community
When these North Carolina towns assess their tree cover, the instruments are high tech, the research is far-reaching, and the practioners are in their teens. The students gain Insights Into their neighborhoods that most fifth graders can't imagine. Terms...
The Prized Black Walnut
For Americans, there's no uncertainty about the eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra): Either you love it or you hate it. On the plus side, the tree offers some of the finest wood available to craftsman; on the negative side, it can make life miserable...
The Sweet Sound of Liberty
If you were given a raw chunk of America's past, a piece so rare its likes will never be seen again, and you wanted to create a lasting memorial, one that paid homage to the nation's past in a way that was beautiful and reverent, what would your memorial...
Thoreau's Country; Journey through a Transformed Landscape
Thoreau's Country; Journey through a Transformed Landscape by David R. Foster. $29.so. Ha University Press, 1999. David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, draws on his personal experiences in the woodlands of New England and his skills as an ecologist...
Wildfire on Tour
Showing the vital link between healthy forests and healthy communities was the goal of AMERICAN FORESTS' recent two-day media field tour in Colorado's San Juan National Forest. The tour, attended by a handful of reporters from around the country, drew...
Yanks Make a Pitch for Memorial Trees
Come September, the 26-time world champion New York Yankees are slated to be hitting home runs in the direction of a special tree. The team has joined an AMERICAN FORESTS campaign to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11, and will begin with a planting...
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