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. 105, No. 4, Winter

A Measure of Green
Students gain a high-tech appreciation for the value of the forest around them. Barbara Ward grew up on a farm in East Texas, where trees were naturally sparse. But her father planted and cared for trees on the family's land, harvesting the winter...
Ask the Tree Doctor
Don't know when to prune? Curious obout lobed leaves? Hove no fear--the Tree Doctor is here. Q: I have planted more than 2,000 walnut trees on my property and about 200 are bearing nuts now. Where can I find equipment to harvest the nut? I will...
Big Trees on Life Support
Tempestuous weather across the U.S. this year has killed or imperiled the lives of several historic trees. In Annapolis, Maryland, Hurricane Floyd battered the nation's only surviving Liberty Tree, a tulip poplar on the grounds of St. John's College....
Congress Learns from Communities
Local people have a unique stake in the management of public lands. To help make that point, AMERICAN FORESTS and the Communities Committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress last summer sponsored tours for Congressional staffers in rural towns...
Family Forests: Loving Care, Heavy Burdens
IN TREE FARMING THE REWARDS ARE GREAT, BUT SO TOO ARE THE TAXES, REGULATIONS, AND PUBLIC RESISTANCE TO LOGGING. IS IT STILL WORTH IT? Down the narrow roads that head from small towns into the countryside, beneath the green canopies that shade streams...
From Rolling Stones to Green Acres
With the coming of a new millennium, I find myself reflecting upon the 18 years my wife Rose Lane and I have lived and worked at our Georgia home, Charlane Plantation. Much of that centers on its history and how fate came to place me in the thick of...
From ROLLING STONES to Green Acres
With the coming of a new millennium, I find myself reflecting upon the 18 years my wife Rose Lane and I have lived and worked at our Georgia home, Charlane Plantation. Much of that centers on its history and how fate came to place me in the thick of...
Gold in the Woods
For forest owners, ginseng is the hottest cash crop going. Glancing over my shoulder, I step quietly through the woods to my ginseng patch. I don't see evidence of anyone's presence, but you can't be too careful. Poaching is a salient fact of life...
Leaving a Forest Legacy
After the fact is too late to decide what happens to your woods. Start reading. You're dead and someone's fooling with your forest. Who you gonna call? If you want to affect what happens to your land after you leave the living, you need to make...
Letters
MORE ON SPRAWL, PLEASE editor: I am thrilled the Autumn issue included extensive coverage of urban tree preservation and its relationship to urban sprawl. Please continue to cover this issue and find ways to discuss the problems and solutions. ...
President Announces Forest Initiative
In an executive order designed to "launch one of the largest land preservation efforts in America's history," President Clinton announced plans to permanently protect at least 40 million acres of federal forestland from road construction, logging,...
Saving Teddy's Bear
The species that inspired the world's favorite stuffed animal is helping land managers revitalize a fragmented landscape. When President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear during a 1902 hunting trip in the Mississippi woods, he couldn't...
Special Highlights Famous & Historic Trees
Come spring, history buffs can learn more about the country's heritage from a new film that focuses on America's Famous & Historic Trees. Actor and history-lover James Whitmore will narrate "Silent Witnesses: America's Historic Trees," a one-hour...
Sprawl and Family Forests
Incentives and partnerships can help so-called "Mom and Pop foresters" fight irresponsible development Look out across the pristine family operations that account for nearly 50 percent of all privately owned woodlands, and you're likely to scoff...
The Gift That Changed Christmas
A 1924 campaign inaugurated by American forests spawned a new custom-and a new industry. On Christmas Eve 1924, President and Mrs. Coolidge accepted a gift from AMERICAN FORESTS that would forever change the way Americans celebrate the holidays....
Transitions
Honoring: AMERICAN FORESTS' life member Bob Timberlake, by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for his painting of the White House with a decorated Christmas tree, which will be included in the White House 2000 calendar. Timberlake's images of trees...
Washington Outlook
Some big ideas on land and water conservation have advanced far in Congress this year. Important, albeit lower visibility, ideas on carbon sequestration in forests have also made strides forward. Although legislation is not likely to be passed in either...
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