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. 97, No. 7-8, July-August

A Global Climate Change for Foresters
There is a global climate change affecting forests an forestry, one that has little to do with the green house effect. Important changes are taking place a a rapid rate in the social, economic, and political environment in which forestry professionals...
America's Historic Forest Takes Root
Gathered atop a grassy hill in Iowa-heart of America's heartland-160 schoolchildren raised their voices to sing about saving the earth. it was April 22-Earth Day-and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, along with more than 500 government officials, members...
A Vision in Mali
Mali is a landlocked nation of 461,389 square miles in central west Africa. Normally this small African republic receives little attention in the U.S. press, but popular unrest during the winter of 1991 changed that somewhat. Demonstrations by students...
Backgroad Bug
At a forest fire not long ago, a little green bug bumped over rutted back roads, shuttling people and equipment back and forth. The bug is a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle with "Baja-style" fenders. This tough and economical vehicle was purchased in 1989 by...
Buy or Boycott Tropical Hardwoods?
Should we consumers buy or boycott products made of tropical hardwoods? The question has generated lots of debate, Some creative responses, however, are beginning to emerge from the rhetorical thickets. The Rainforest Action Network has been aggressive...
Hawaii Hotspot
Wao Kele o Puna. Environmentalists and native Hawaiians say these 25,000 acres on the slopes of Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, are the last sizable lowland tropical rainforest in the U.S. But to state officials and developers who are drilling...
How Much Is Enough?
Early in the age of affluence that followed World War II, an American retailing analyst named Victor Lebow proclaimed, Our enormously productive economy ... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods...
International Forestry: The Forest Service's Fourth Leg
Congress has spoken, and now the U.S. Forest Service has four legs instead of three. Traditionally the Forest Service was described as a three-legged stool since it had three missions: caring for the national forests, conducting forest research,...
Launching Hungarian ReLeaf
We've offered the opportunity. Will anyone respond?How many times have each of us asked that question as we embarked upon a new venture? We at AFA were certainly haunted by that question when we launched Global ReLeaf in the United States in the fall...
Problems & Progress in Tropical Forests
Despite worldwide concern, tropical forests continue to disappear at alarming rates -the latest studies estimate that 50 million acres a year are lost. Turn to any tropical country and you are likely to uncover reasons for this crisis: * struggling...
Rediscovering the Yellow Poplar
It's not easy to choose a favorite tree, but if I had to, I'd pick the yellow poplar. My first acquaintance with one of these trees, also know as tulip poplar or tuliptree, was at my grandparents' farm next door to my childhood home. In those days...
Target Green Targets Kids in Trouble
Every now and then, someone comes along with a hot idea that just plain makes sense. Deborah Williamson came up with one three years ago. She was working for the Kentucky court system, processing paperwork on juvenile offenders who do community service...
The Biggest Bristlecone
The history books were among, and they'd still be wrong were it not for a clear record of the centuries provided by some of the oldest living things on earth Carbon-14 dating of ancient European artifacts placed Europe's cultural origins in the...
The Tree That Fights Cancer
The whistle punk gave the signal, and the huge Douglas-fir log began to move up the mountainside, hauled by heavy cables and knocking down everything in its path: hemlock saplings, clumps of vine maple, and yew trees. After the logs were yarded, the...
The Wall Within
The forests were dead, dying, or sick. Through them ran a tan fence topped with barbed wire and surrounded by a broad noman's land guarded by police dogs, soldiers in watchtowers, and helicopters with men sitting in open side doors, holding guns. That's...
Trees vs. Billboards: Round 2
It was November of 1990, and Marcia Bansley was alarmed. Bansley is executive director of Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit citizen's group that plants and conserves trees. She was upset because she had become aware at a public hearing that thousands of roadside...
Watershed Year for World Forests
The next 12 months are shaping up as the Year of Thinking Globally and Acting Locally in forestry. So much activity in international forestry will occur between now and next summer that you'll need a scorecard to keep track of the action. Global...
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