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. 98, No. 3-4, March-April

Alaska's Kayak Rangers
The Forest Service workboat nudged a couple of granite boulders, then idled just long enough for me to hop ashore in my rubber boots. Backpack on one shoulder, I climbed over a couple of beached logs, parted a curtain of branches, and disappeared....
Building Trust in the Maine Woods
A lanky landowner who takes the long view is becoming an increasing force for making minds meet over divisive forest-use issues. Roger Milliken Jr. proposes an elegant solution to the controversy over protecting the East's vast northern forest:...
Conserving Biological Diversity
The incredible stew of genes, species, and ecosystems that both defines and sustains life on earth is deteriorating at a frightening rate. Here is a strategy for stemming the losses. Biological diversity--complex beyond understanding and valuable...
Fire Strategy for Our Sick Forests
There is a rising tide of alarm over the condition of millions of acres of America's forests. In assessing forest health, the diagnosis in too many places is that today's forests are sick. Obviously, the reasons vary, and it is dangerous to generalize....
Flee from the Wrath!
A trek to a remote lake recharges the personal batteries and reminds us of some basic truths about how we ought to consume the bounties of nature. You won't read the lake's name here. Not that you'd recognize it. The lake is one of the least prepossessing...
"Fritz vs. the Feds" - a Rebuttal
Our November December profile of Texas environmental activist Ned Fritz, "Fritz Vs. the Feds," generated much comment from readers (for a sampling, see the "Forest Forum" column beginning on page 2). Much of the response came from people who have locked...
Gypsy on the Move
A Landowner's-eye look at the latest inroads of this voracious forest pest and the newest tactics for controlling it. Some months ago, walking through the house-adjacent portion of our hundred-acre forest "backyard," I realized anew how special...
Healing Old Wounds
Rob Fimbel is trying to put nature back the way it was--a monumental task considering he's dealing with a patch of southern New Jersey that's been bombed back to bare soil. Fifty years ago this slab of Jersey's famed Pine Barrens (now called Pinelands)...
New Hope for Forest Communities
Across the country, "practioner" groups are finding ways for people and forest to coexist in relationship that sustain both. Readers who follow the national forest controversy have come to accept a certain plot and cast of characters. On one side...
Report from Lucy's Woods
This article is the first in a series of reports author Charles E. Little will be sending us in the course of his research for his current book project, The Dying of the Trees, to be published by Viking Press next year. A previous article in AMERICAN...
Rooted in Time
Gifts in our family are often events rather than things. That has its noble side, but it is also a practical necessity in the life of an amateur naturalist and freelance writer. Yet I was a little embarrassed when I suggested to my daughter Sylvan...
Silence of the Grouse
Stephentown, NEW YORK--I heard the sound as I walked the dog up the hollow. At first I thought it was someone starting a chainsaw. But first light was too early for firewood cutters or loggers. Then it dawned on me--it was a ruffed grouse beating his...
The Biggest Western Redcedar
The champion of this prized species seems to stand almost forlornly as a symbol of a debt we owe the land. Before VISA and MasterCard and Lewis and Clark, the Native Americans of the Northwest used "credit cards" in the form of totem poles made...
The Joys of Natural Landscaping
Even in cities, farsighted homeowners can restore the native ecosystem in their yards. Early one spring morning about three years ago, we were sitting on the porch sipping coffee and reading the newspaper. A red flash riveted our attention, and...
The Maverick Pineapple
When you see Spanish moss or pictures of it swaying in the breeze like supple stalactites, are you reminded of pineapples? The resemblance is not particularly striking, but taxonomists assure us that this plant is a member in good standing of the extensive...
The Sad State of City Trees
Our 20-city survey reveals that the budget ax is felling tree programs nationwide, and our streets are sure to get meaner as a result. Despite an all-time increase last year in citizen and business action in support of urban trees, most city programs...
The Secret Harvest
Think of a gatherer and you probably envision a pelt-dad primitive grubing for seeds and shoots. Prepare then to meet a modern hunter/gatherer, Pat Moonie. Hardly a primitive, Moonie was selected in 1988 as Lane County, Oregon's Tree Farmer of the...
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