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. 110, No. 3, Winter

Balancing Needs, Protecting Species
In September 2003, a dramatic change occurred to Seattle's drinking water. Few people noticed, but for the first time in more than 100 years salmon were able to swim upstream of a small dam where water is diverted from the city's primary water source,...
Balancing Needs, Protecting Species
In September 2003, a dramatic change occurred to Seattle's drinking water. Few people noticed, but for the first time in more than 100 years salmon were able to swim upstream of a small dam where water is diverted from the city's primary water source,...
Champions Lost
Tree champions are not always trees, and AMERICAN FORESTS is mourning the loss of several. One of our favorite friends, Colby Rucker, 67, of Arnold, Maryland, an environmentalist, Big Tree hunter, and AMERICAN FORESTS life member, died in November....
Historic Tree Collection Damaged
Seeds, trees with ties to American history are lost as a tornado hits Jacksonville, Florida, in the wake of Hurricane Frances.A catalog of historic events dating back more than 200 years was lost in a matter of minutes when a tornado ripped though AMERICAN...
Historic Tree Collection Damaged: Seeds, Trees with Ties to American History Are Lost as a Tornado Hits Jacksonville, Florida, in the Wake of Hurricane Frances
A catalog of historic events dating back more than 200 years was lost in a matter of minutes when a tornado ripped though AMERICAN FORESTS' Historic Tree Nursery in Jacksonville, Florida, in September. The tornado, an offshoot of Hurricane Frances,...
IN A STATE OF Superlatives
Big Tree Paradise has an address: Go west; stop at the ocean.Imagine, for a moment, a paradise for big tree lovers. It would need a diverse and unique silva with many trees found nowhere else in the world. These trees would live in myriad habitats from...
In a State of Superlatives; Big Tree Paradise Has an Address: Go West; Stop at the Ocean
Imagine, for a moment, a paradise for big tree lovers. It would need a diverse and unique silva with many trees found nowhere else in the world. These trees would live in myriad habitats from soggy coasts to the driest deserts, deep valleys to the...
Letters
MORE ON OLYMPIC OAKSAMERICAN FORESTS: I saw the short story regarding the tree presented to my father [gold medal wrestler Frank Lewis] by Hitler in the '36 Olympics (see Tracking Down the Olympic Oaks, Spring 2003) and thought you should know the story...
Making It Official: Writing Trees into Ordinances to Improve Environmental Quality
Canopy-cooled parks and homes. Trees that slow down stormwater runoff and meet clean air and water regulations. Trees as a best management practice. Trees to shade urban streams and cool fish habitat-and downtowns. All are examples from cities that turn...
Natural Capital
IN A SINGLE TREE RESIDES THE CONTEXT FOR PONDERING THE TRUE WEALTH OF NATURE.During the late 1980s, when billionaire media mogul Ted Turner went hunting for a ranch, he found his Shangri-la near the outskirts of Bozeman: the Flying D Ranch, a historic...
Natural Capital: In a Single Tree Resides the Context for Pondering the True Wealth of Nature
During the late 1980s, when billionaire media mogul Ted Turner went hunting for a ranch, he found his Shangri-la near the outskirts of Bozeman: the Flying D Ranch, a historic cattle operation set against the foothills of the Spanish Peaks Mountains....
Palm Poet
A Pulitzer winner's second love: raising these beloved but threatened natives."And there I planted young palms in places I had not pondered until then I imagined their roots setting out in the dark knowing without knowledge I kept trying to see them...
Palm Poet; A Pulitzer Winner's Second Love: Raising These Beloved but Threatened Natives
Driving into William Merwin's Maui palm preserve is like entering another world. Here, a few miles from Kahalui's international airport and the crowded streets of Paia, there is only bird song and the musky scent of jungle foliage. Fan-shaped leaves...
Restoring the Forest
Putting the woods back the way it was is expensive and the species are ever-changing. In many cases, though, it's worth it. Read on.A snag," exclaims Melissa Savage, looking up at the dead tree woodpeckers had started to excavate. "How fantastic!" I'm...
Restoring the Forest: Putting the Woods Back the Way It Was Is Expensive and the Species Are Ever-Changing. in Many Cases, Though, It's Worth It. Read On
A snag," exclaims Melissa Savage, looking up at the dead tree woodpeckers had started to excavate. "How fantastic!" I'm in northern New Mexico trying to follow her through the bosque, a scrubby forest along the Rio Grande flood plain. [ILLUSTRATION...
Texas' Tree-Savvy Teachers
Texas teachers of grades 6 through 8 are taking part in a special environmental education program this fall as part of the grocery store H-E-B's celebration of its 100th anniversary. Forty schools have been selected to receive software and training...
The True Value of Forests
Time to demand that forest management protects and grows the total value of this priceless resource."As we begin 2005, AMERICAN FORESTS will strive to redouble our efforts to grow healthier world with trees and forests. We propose a three-part plan to...
The True Value of Forests: Time to Demand That Forest Management Protects and Grows the Total Value of This Priceless Resource
Trees and forests provide us with essential health, recreational, aesthetic, and other benefits, many of which we literally can't live without. Unfortunately, forest management in this country and around the world has traditionally focused less on...
Tree Doctor * Howard Burnett
Befuddled by pruning, lobed leaves, or disease? Send your questions to our experts: Tree Doctor c/o mrobbins@amfor.org Q: I just had an old ash deadwooded. Could you tell me its age? I measured 5 1/2 ft.width, 13 ft 4 in. circumference, 60 ft. canopy,...
Trees Worth a Second Look
National Public Radio reporter Ketzel Levine, known as the Doyenne of Dirt, covers everything from Big Trees to the Westminster Dog Show. This excerpt is from her book Plant This!- 100 "best bets for year-round gorgeous gardens." c2000 by Ketzel Levine....
Trouble in Pinon Country
Large numbers of pinon pines are dying in the pinon-juniper forests of the Southwest due to a bark beetle outbreak triggered by several years of severe drought. Covering portions of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and west Texas,...
Trouble in Piñon Country
Large numbers of pinon pines are dying in the pinon-juniper forests of the Southwest due to a bark beetle outbreak triggered by several years of severe drought.Covering portions of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and west Texas, the...
Washington Outlook
Congress finally passed an Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, providing funding for Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other federal natural resource programs. The bill, however, was caught up in election year...
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