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. 99, No. 9-10, September-October

A Blessing for Trees
Traditionally, the calling of a Catholic priest is to minister, nurture, and restore human souls. Father Paul Schwietz, a Benedictine monk and land manager of St. John's Abbey in Minnesota, believes the environment deserves the same care and attention....
A New Way to See Our City Forests
From eyes in the sky to well-grounded databases, innovative mapping tools are helping give our cities a new image. What do you see as you walk through your neighborhood? Show three people the same street scene, and chances are you'll get three different...
Are You an Eco-Titan?
Pretty proud of your environmental consciousness? Here's a tough test to tabulate your earthly impact. You're as green as your friends, maybe greener. You carry a canvas shopping bag. Funny-looking light bulbs stick out of your fixtures. And last year,...
A River Reborn
Once bank-stained and dead from acid mine drainage, the upper Arkansas will soon hold trout--and great promise for cleanup of other western streams. For more than a century, central Colorado's upper Arkansas River was afflicted with a near-terminal...
A Talk with Jim Lyons
AMERICAN FORESTS was encouraged by President Clinton's naming of James Robert Lyons as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Lyons, who took the oath of office May 12, will direct policy and oversee the activities...
Atlanta Goes for '96 Gold
If they ever give a medal for Olympic Games preparation, this town's tree team is a shoo-in. "The International Olympic Committee has awarded the 1996 Olympic Games to the City of . . . ATLANTA!" With those words, International Olympic Committee President...
Blackberry Times
Rich memories and a lifestyle rooted in wild things and places were the legacies of this wonderful couple. Sometimes tradition is a ritual handed down from generation to generation; sometimes it grows in a wild and out-of-the-way place. When I moved...
Giving Something Back
These unsung heroes have overcome hurdles from indifference to insolvency to make their cities greener. What sparks people to devote themselves to work in the urban forest? Everyone has a different story. * A man is energized by the sight of chainsaws...
Loggers' LEAP of Faith
This innovative approach to empowering on-the-ground harvesters is a giant step in the right direction. Reckless, rough-and-tumble lumberjacks, complacent pawns of a ruthless forest-products industry. The stereotypical image of the logger is not one...
Nonprofits: Voice of the Public Conscience
Not-for-profit environmental groups are an effective mouthpiece for society's changing values--and they are changing. Gone are the days when a person wishing to donate to an environmental charity had just a few well-known choices to pick from. Today...
Rediscovering the Trail of Tears
Autumn is a superb time to explore the forested parts of this legendary route west, 150 years after the incredible pilgrimage it witnessed. On a damp and drippy spring morning in eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains, I guided my pickup off Interstate-84...
The Biggest Western Juniper
"Like a rock," says the truck ad, describing this enduring champion's granitic existence over as many as 60 centuries. John Muir observed that the western juniper "dies standing, and wastes insensibly out of existence like granite." In fact, many junipers...
The Seasons: Rockies Autumn
Ruminations on the meaning of life and other minor matters amid the splendor of the high country. A hotel in Portland, Oregon, seems a strange place for a story like this to hatch. But a few months back, photographer Tim Christie and I were there for...
Thumbs-Up for Clinton Plan
If you've been following the forest controversy in the Pacific Northwest, you're no doubt aware that President Clinton has made good on his promise to deliver a plan to end the legal stalemate over timber harvest on the federal lands of the region. If...
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