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Articles from Vol. 113, No. 4, Winter

And Then There Was One
It was early Sunday, December 2. Hurricane-force winds were bearing down on the coast of Oregon, and several miles inland, just off state highway 26 in Clatsop County, 750 years of history came crashing down. Among the first to see the fallen roadside...
A Revolution with Green Roots
This young Slovak activist began by planting trees and ended up inspiring his country's youth.Marek Kapusta is only 32 but already has been called "the grandfather of four political revolutions." The national coordinator for Slovakia's 1998 version of...
A Revolution with Green Roots: This Young Slovak Activist Began by Planting Trees and Ended Up Inspiring His Country's Youth
Marek Kapusta is only 32 but already has been called "the grandfather of four political revolutions." The national coordinator for Slovakia's 1998 version of a Rock the Vote campaign, Kapusta went on to advise opposition groups in Serbia, where dictator...
Ensuring Survival
Glaciers, humans, pests, and the occasional bear. Why it's tough to be a seedling in this Global ReLeaf Forest in West Virginia's Canaan Valley, and why it's so important.When a tree falls in the forest, how long before a new one grows in its place?...
Ensuring Survival: Glaciers, Humans, Pests, and the Occasional Bear. Why It's Tough to Be a Seedling in This Global ReLeaf Forest in West Virginia's Canaan Valley, and Why It's So Important
When a tree falls in the forest, how long before a new one grows in its place? That's the crux of the problem facing The Nature Conservancy in Canaan Valley, West Virginia. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To understand the challenges...
Letters
CALIFORNIA: PLANT TREES NOWEditor: Now is the time to plant a tree. When the fires are out, and ash in our hair and tears in our eyes, we must look to the future. Before the rains and mudslides, to prevent homes from sliding into oblivion, plant a tree....
Looking for Georgia's Lost Franklinia
COULD HE FIND THIS SMALL, SHOWY TREE NOT SEEN IN THE WILD FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS?In the muggy midday heat of southeastern Georgia, my body begs me to heed the wisdom of birds and beasts whose activity punctuates the cooler hours of the day. But I have...
Looking for Georgia's Lost Franklinia: Could He Find This Small, Showy Tree Not Seen in the Wild for More Than 200 Years?
In the muggy midday heat of southeastern Georgia, my body begs me to heed the wisdom of birds and beasts whose activity punctuates the cooler hours of the day. But I have only one day to find the treasure I seek. So I wipe my brow, wave off a few mosquitoes,...
Man Faces 35 Years in Tree Cuttings
A jury in November convicted a Nevada man for destroying some $250,000 worth of mesquite and Texas honey trees; he faces up to 35 years in prison.Douglas Hoffman of Henderson had told a homeowners' committee that the greenery was blocking his view of...
Planning in Central Florida: An Example for Us All?
Can this diverse region advance ecologically and slow the development of rural areas while providing an example for others to follow?Central Florida's experiment in trying to shift the way development has been done for decades is in for a test.A coalition...
Planning in Central Florida: An Example for Us All? Can This Diverse Region Advance Ecologically and Slow the Development of Rural Areas While Providing an Example for Others to Follow?
Central Florida's experiment in trying to shift the way development has been done for decades is in for a test. A coalition of civic and political leaders have set an agenda that--depending on the amount of public and political acceptance--has the...
Planting Resiliency
In the aftermath of hurricanes, bringing back tree cover requires more than just planting.A hurricane assessment measured changes in landcover between 2004 and 2006, when the region was battered by three major hurricanes.In the early hours of a September...
Planting Resiliency: In the Aftermath of Hurricanes, Bringing Back Tree Cover Requires More Than Just Planting
In the early hours of a September Sunday in 2004, Hurricane Frances swept ashore north of West Palm Beach, knocking out power to more than a million homes and businesses and uprooting trees as it drenched everything in its path. Sustained winds of...
Tracing the Rise of Urban Forestry
The science has come a long way-from tree pits to an understanding of how human and natural systems must thrive together.In 1982 the science, art, and practice ol urban forestry was relatively new, and the idea that people would consider trees as necessities-vs....
Tracing the Rise of Urban Forestry: The Science Has Come a Long Way-From Tree Pits to an Understanding of How Human and Natural Systems Must Thrive Together
When I joined AMERICAN FORESTS 25 years ago in its brand-new urban forestry program, we were planning what would become the second national urban forestry conference (the first, organized by the U.S. Forest Service for researchers, took place in 1978)....
Underwater Quest
A documentary makes the case for the connections between human and natural networks as it tracks the journey of Florida's springs.Traipsing through a barbecue restaurant, bowling alley, and backyard patio, filmmaker Wes Skiles underscores the interconnections...
Washington Outlook
Climate change has emerged as a major policy issue this year, and the U.S. Senate has shown strong leadership in moving forward a sensible domestic framework to address it. Reports earlier this year from the International Panel on Climate Change...
Wildfire ReLeaf Fund Activated for California
With wildfires burning more than 470,000 acres in California, AMERICAN FORESTS announced it was launching a wildfire ReLeaf Fund for California, seeking to double the money it already had to reforest burned parts of the state. Earlier this year...
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