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. 1, Spring

A Fine Obsession
A photographer makes the case for a focus on big trees. Story and photos by James Balog In this tree I sensed a similar kind of personality, character, and presence that photography had helped me discover In wildlife. A life committed to art is a life...
Art in the Trees
Veiled sunlight shimmers through delicate aspen leaves, burnishing the painstakingly carved feathers of a bird with outstretched wings. Etched into another tree across the meadow is an elegant script that says, simply, "Carlos M. Cordoba. AD 1908. 1...
Ask the Tree Doctor
Don't know when to prune? Curious about lobed leaves? Have no fear-- the Tree Doctor is here. Q: Is it better to prune maple trees in the Bangor, Maine, area in the spring or fall? Jim MacDonald, via e-mail A: Pruning is best done when growth is stopped....
Beyond the Fire Line
To figure out where and when fire helps an ecosystem federal officials need data on lands burned by wildfire. But the information they need has never been collected. - By Jane Braxton Little In 2000, the fire season ignited May 4 with a 48,000-acre fire...
DC Green
The results are in on a study of tree canopy in a 634-square-mile area in and around Washington, DC. AMERICAN FORESTS used high-resolution satellite imagery and its CITYgreen desktop Geographic Information System software to calculate the tree cover...
Deciphering Bitterroot
CLIPPINGS Recent controversy over a Burned Area Recovery Plan for the Bitterroot National Forest illustrates some of the difficulties facing natural resource managers and policymakers in today's forest policy environment. Those difficulties arise from...
Eddie Bauer Leads Memorial Groves Effort
INFORMATION TO AMUSE, ENLIGHTEN, AND INSPIRE News from the world of Trees The first partnership to plant trees under AMERicAN FORESTS' broad-based Memorial Trees campaign was launched January 31, when officials in New York and Washington, DC, announced...
Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism
Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism by Char Miller. $28.00. Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2002. This is a must-read for foresters and environmental activists alike. Historian Char Miller has written the first complete and most...
Herpin' Around
Thought it just took a little water to make these critters happy? Biologists say it takes trees to make frogs sing and snakes slither. On the side of the road in the middle of south-central Virginia nowhere, I cock my ears towards a patch of woods and...
Hot Stuff
CLIPPINGS Prescribed burns, the build-up of small-diameter trees, drought conditions, the role of communities in wildfire prevention, and planting trees for environmental restoration are just some of the topics you'll find at www.wildfirereleaf.org,...
Land of the Little Giants
Wild-dillys. Blollys. And champion trees you can wrap your hand around. Welcome to Key Largo, where less is more. -Story and photos by Whit Bronaugh To a temperate naturalist in search of big trees, the tropical forest of Key Largo Hammocks Botanical...
Letters
FORUM YOUR MEMBER-TO-- MEMBER COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK ACORNS SO BIG... editor: In "Michigan's Discriminating Troubadour" ( Winter 2002), Gary Lantz describes the Kirtland's warbler as "a mighty flier not much bigger than a bur oak acorn." I would interpret...
Lone Star Elite
In Texas, when they say everything is bigger, they're talking about their trees, too. Naturally. In Texas, so they say, everything is BIG. And the trees there are no exception. The Lone Star state has 69 national champions, more than any other state...
Nurturing Nature
Trees give scale to human life. They're also a measure of how well we're protecting the world around us. In addition to being a treat for the eyes, big trees are a storehouse of information about the land, conservation practices, our history, and the...
Sovereign Species
From dethroned monarchs to brash upstarts, the 2002 National Register of Big Trees has more royal intrigue than a British history text. - Story & photos by Whit Bronaugh Imagine yourself on a flat, featureless plain. The only objects in sight are...
Support Grows for Memorial Trees
CLIPPINGS Americans reacted swiftly to the tragedy of September 11 with an outpouring of financial and emotional support. Since then the nation has sought ways to honor the victims and the heroes. "Here at AMERICAN FORESTS, we've decided to do what we...
The National Register of Big Trees: 2002-2003
The controversy has simmered for months: Which is the bigger baldcypress, Louisiana's reigning national champion or Florida's Senator? The issue was not point size (Florida's is 557 points smaller) but whether Louisiana's was a single tree or several...
The National Register of Big Trees: 2002-2003: A Majestic Responsibility
We all face the challenge of maintaining the balance between preserving our natural resources and accommodating growth and development. At Davey, we work to maintain that balance every day as we care for America's forests-- forests in urban and residential...
The National Register of Big Trees: 2002-2003: How to Nominate a Champion
TO SUBMIT A TREE FOR CONSIDERATION For each nomination AMERICAN FOuRs needs the following information: 1. Correct name of the species or variety (only U.S. native and naturalized species are eligible). If you need help with identification, call your...
Trees: Big Deal
EDITORIAL Memorials, hunters, controversy, and TV Just another spring in the lives of arboreal giants. We're gathering a Big Trees Advisory Committee to Improve coordination at the state and local levels and set standards for species eligibility and...
Tree Stories: A Series
Meyer wants "Tree Stories" to show viewers not rote tree facts but the offbeat, joyous, beautiful, and yes, even strange, ways people appreciate trees. "Tree Stories" host Jeff Meyer, on the hunt for big trees. Mix together dedicated people, offbeat...
What Makes a Tree Grow Big?
JOHN BALL, PROFESSOR, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV. When it comes to a tree champion, size does matter. A champion is not necessarily picturesque, historic, or even old-it's just the biggest. And what makes a tree big? At the species level, it's fate. A redbud...
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