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. 103, No. 1, Spring

A Child's Dream, a Retiree's Legacy
A young boy sat listening to the sounds of the urban landscape outside his window - honking car horns, blaring ambulance sirens, the continual background hum of people on the move. He smiled, remembering a recent trip to a nearby woods with his father....
A Watery Issue
THE QUESTION IN CALIFORNIA IS NOT WHETHER TO PROTECT THIS MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE. IT'S WHO PAYS FOR IT THAT'S IN DISPUTE. High in the mountains of California, spring water seeps from the woods and wet meadows into rock-strewn stream beds, the start...
Deluged
In Delaware they're thinking about trees in a whole new light, thanks to a proposal by state engineer Earl Shaver. Shaver is using trees to change the thinking behind stormwater management and go from regulations that require retention ponds to rules...
Drops of Green Wisdom
FAIN FALLS AND TREES GROW. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TREES AND WATER IS OBVIOUS: TREES NEED WATER TO SURVIVE. BUT THERE IS MORE TO THIS WATERY RELATIONSHIP THAN JUST THIRST. DID YOU KNOW TREES SLOW THE FLOW OF STORMWATER; THAT AN ACRE OF TREES ANNUALLY...
Forest Fire, Water Quality and the Incident at Buffalo Creek
When the rains began to fall, few realized what would result from a problem that started with wildfire strategies and ended with. Denver's water supply. "Wait until you see the devastation," Lt. Fritz Day of the Jefferson County, Colorado, sheriff's...
Helping Cities Save the Green
Imagine a treeless city - barren, hot, unappealing. How much would you pay to preserve your neighborhood's trees? How much are they worth to you and your city? AMERICAN FORESTS' CITYgreen technology is answering questions like these as part of its Global...
Regaining Glory
A plan to plant 2,010 miles of streamside forest has officials talking about a cleaner, more productive Chesapeake Bay. Swaths of trees lining rivers and streams may one day lead the nation's largest estuary back closer to its earlier glory. Officials...
The Gift
Every Global ReLeaf Forest has a story to tell. This one's a tale of fast fire, slow trees, Native American traditions, and a sportsman-turned-retailer's love of the outdoors. From Canada to Mexico, the Rocky Mountains define and delineate regions,...
The View from Plumas County
Plumas County is in a unique position in the battle to protect the upstream watersheds that supply much of California with water. Not only does Plumas County include the headwaters of the Feather River - one of the state's most productive water systems...
Time for Amends: A Case for Careful Cutting
As recent Western floods have shown, clearcuts can spell trouble for downstream neighbors. Common sense dictates that high levels of clearcutting can accelerate flooding and erosion. A great deal of research, including new studies by the Forest Service...
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