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. 103, No. 4, Winter

A Community of Hope
As we approach the 21st century we are struggling with how best to integrate the many and diverse demands on our nation's forests. While the debate has traditionally been framed by a confrontational, us-versus-them mentality, around the country there...
A Lesson for a Lifetime
Teacher Lori Frank knew the managers at Idaho Forest Industries well but still had to summon up her courage to ask them for a big favor. She wanted to teach a hands-on forest management course at Coeur d'Alene High School. Would the company let the students...
A Watershed Paradox
AS NEW YORK CITY STRUGGLES TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY AND UPSTATE FORESTLANDS, THE CHOICES ARE CLEAR: EVERYBODY WINS OR EVERYBODY LOSES. It is a paradox of seemingly impossible proportion: How can New York City, with 8 million people packed onto a sliver...
Banking on People
The kid was good - phenomenally good. At a Colorado College course on sustainable economics and ecology taught by economist Walt Hecox and me, most students thrive on building a model for sustainable, community-based forestry within a market-driven economy....
BLM: A Partner of Communities
For over a century, BLM and its predecessor agencies did a "land office" business with communities. Starting in 1787, we surveyed lands the federal government acquired, and sold or gave them away for farms, railroads, and other economic activity, as...
Bringing Salmon Back
To ward off federal intervention, an unlikely coalition is trying to save Oregon's coastal watershed. But it's slow going. And there are no guarantees. Chuck Matayo swings the steering wheel of his truck like he's at the helm of a boat on the ocean....
Changing the Perception of Urban Forestry
The urban environment and community forestry need to become a priority in people's lives. Individuals in urban areas who are trying to feed a family of four with an average income of $25,0000 have to worry about the urban ecosystem, just as wealthier...
Changing the Rules
When it comes to policy, communities traditionally have been excluded from the debate. They say they have something to contribute. It was by all accounts an extraordinary debate. The subject was national forest management. The House of Representatives...
Community Forestry: Sweet but Sticky
The highlight of the year in Loachapoka, Alabama, is the annual Syrup Sopping. An old red mule is hitched to a cane mill and his slow, powerful gait drives gears that crush sugar cane, squeezing out the syrup. It's an apt metaphor for community forestry:...
Defining Community in Our Cities: Changing the Perception of Urban Forestry
Although the settings differ, urban and rural communities struggle with similar issues in their quest to implement community-based forestry. One of the most challenging: how best to address issues of diversity and equity. American Forests asked two forestry...
Defining Community in Our Cities: Drawing Strength from Diversity
Although the settings differ, urban and rural communities struggle with similar issues in their quest to implement community-based forestry. One of the most challenging: how best to address issues of diversity and equity. American Forests asked two forestry...
Drawing Strength from Diversity
Community must be rooted in the integration of people, ecosystems, the economy, and the social and political entities that impact where people live. The important thing to consider is how individuals play a role int heir community - their perceived responsibility...
Focus: Restoring Watersheds, Rebuilding Communities
Three thousand miles separate the urbanized Anacostia River watershed in metropolitan Washington from the rural Mattole watershed in California. The Anacostia has been called one of the nation's most polluted rivers, robbed of its basic functions by...
Focus: Touring to Economic Health
As Americans grow ever more environmentally conscious, their appetite for nature-based travel is creating a burgeoning market for tour operators, adventure outfitters, and nature guides. But what constitutes ecotourism? And how can socially concerned...
Forest Forum
Another Milestone editor: Just finished reading the article "Five Million Milestone" (Summer 1997). I also recently finished the report, "Forest Insect and Disease Conditions in Alaska 1996," published by the USDA Forest Service and the Alaska Division...
Forest Service: Breaking Down Breakers
The Forest Service enjoys a tradition of involving local individuals and organizations in agency decisions. "Spittin' and whittlin,'" rangers built relationships in and around forest communities as far back as the turn of the century. These early efforts...
Gas. Crickets. Fishin' Worms. Fax
Lately the American Dream seems to resemble 40 acres of forest instead of white picket fences. But when urbanites start to call the countryside home, more changes than just the menu at the local diner. The advent of telecommuting and the national lust...
Living in Balance with the Land
Recognizing that only a fragment of America's native forests remains uncut, society has rightly placed a priority on preserving the rest. We must also recognize that much of the cost of environmental protection falls on rural communities. Our institutions...
Maintaining Our Place at the Table
As I have mingled within the community-based sustainable development movement, several things have become clear. First, communities are fed up with being at the mercy of"business as usual" and "outside influences." Second, the movement is still in its...
Making Good Things Happen
For years Kalispell residents have clashed over many issues, from forest plans to residential developments. Trying to "stop bad things from happening," activists used confrontation, appeals, and lawsuits as their tools of choice. But while we were fighting...
National Lands Need a National Viewpoint
The Wilderness Society has long supported-and been involved with-community-based efforts addressing land-management issues. In Kremmling, Colorado; Indian Lake, New York; Dillon, Montana; and other places across the country, The Wilderness Society has...
Oregon's Bipartisan Effort
When the National Marine Fisheries Set vice approved Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's Coastal Salmon Restoration Initiative (CSRI) last April many Oregonians sounded a sigh of relief. Instead of listing coho salmon in central and northern Oregon under...
Quiet Heroes
With different stories but a shared goal of collaboration, these nine faces are making a difference in community-based efforts. SUSAN BAREMORE At a Forest Service planning meeting in the early 1990s, Susan Baremore listened in disbelief as officials...
Repairing the System
THE RACE IS ON TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE. SOME INNOVATIVE GROUPS SAY THEY'VE FOUND PART OF THE ANSWER. When Northwest Montana logger Floyd Quiram cuts timber, he leaves the best trees standing. Throwing away money?...
Repairing the System
THE RACE IS ON TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY ECONOMICALLY FEASIBLE. SOME INNOVATIVE GROUPS SAY THEY'VE FOUND PART OF THE ANSWER. WHEN NORTHWEST MONTANA LOGGER FLOYD QUIRAM cuts timber, he leaves the best trees standing. Throwing away money?...
Restoring Watersheds, Rebuilding Communities
Ocean near Petrolia, California. Following World War II, more than 90 percent of the watershed's old-growth coniferous forests were logged.An extensive road network developed, and by 1980 erosion rates were more than two times the average for the watershed....
Step by Step
Salmon are a sacred symbol in the Pacific Northwest, and everywhere in the region people are plunging into restoration projects to save them from extinction. Schools are adopting streams. Volunteers are planting trees through programs like AMERICAN FORESTS'...
The Lead Partnership Group
When President Clinton concluded his 1993 Forest Summit with an appeal to replace fighting and litigation with collaboration, leaders from the highest levels of federal agencies to the tiniest small-town coffee klatches greeted his challenge with enthusiasm....
The Woods: Reclaiming the Neighborhood
Some call it a mutiny of upstarts, others a dangerous dogma to challenge business as usual. For those involved - environmentalists and loggers, store owners and elected officials, housewives, students, and bureaucrats - this grass-roots movement is a...
Touring to Economic Health
Rethinking Tourism Project, a two-yearold nonprofit organization with a mission of educating and networking indigenous peoples. "Ask yourself, Who has a stake in the operation? Who is doing the selling? Are they simply selling the outdoors or are they...
Voices from the Woods
For woodsworkers, the wages are low, the ethnic issues complicated, and their definition of community forestry tough to reconcile. On a drizzly day in early fall, Bill Knight sets up his back-of-the-van buying station along a wide stretch of Washington...
Voices from the Woods
For woodsworkers, the wages are low, the ethnic issues complicated, and their definition of community forestry tough to reconcile. On a drizzly day in early fall, Bill Knight sets up his back-of-the-van buying station along a wide stretch of Washington...
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