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. 109, No. 2, Summer

A Realm of American Originals: Three Hundred Years after the Voyage of Discovery, the Findings of Lewis and Clark Are Still Affecting Our Everyday Lives
When Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the uncharted West, he set in motion actions which even today affect how we manage our forestlands. In this issue of American Forests, we look at some of those connections, including...
Big Count: 3 Down. (Clippings)
As the July 15 deadline loomed for nominations to AMERICAN FORESTS' 2004 National Register of Big Trees, aficionados were mourning the recent loss of three notable champs while continuing to search for successors to a favorite- the Wye Oak--that fell...
Footsteps of Tigers. (Clippings)
Carol Amore is an award-winning wildlife photographer and videographer and no stranger to living among wild tigers. Her company, Wildlife Worlds: Adventures in Nature Productions, looks for compelling wildlife stories everywhere from the Arctic circle...
Geocaching: Trees as Treasure; Affordable GPS Units Are Creating High-Tech Scavenger Hunts for Everything from Dollar-Store Trinkets to Trees. (Recreation)
"Do you have a GPS?" "Yes" "Do you know anything about 'geo caching'?" "Uuuuuuuuuh... no." A few days later, as I find myself stumbling, splashing, and tripping my way through a heavily forested floodplain, I'm getting a pretty good idea...
Greening Up in San Antonio. (Clippings)
Creative urban forest design can cool urban heat islands, restore river ecosystems, and boost human capability and comfort. In San Antonio in September, a civil engineer, a biology professor, a social science researcher, and a community forestry coordinator...
Green in Orange Shoals: When You Build with Nature in Mind, More Than Just Animals Move in. (Earthkeepers)
You know the drill: Construction crews move in; animals move out. Bulldozers flatten old oaks to make way for a subdivison of matching houses and manicured lawns. The name? Something woodsy like The Oaks. Enter Orange Shoals and developer Chaunkee...
NEPA in a Knot; amid Struggles with Public Process, Environmental Protection, and Governmental Efficiency, the Question Remains: Does the Landmark Law Need a Facelift? (Perspectives)
NEPA--the National Environmental Policy Act--has been called the Magna Carta of environmental laws because its passing on January 1, 1970, inspired the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. NEPA's two components, 'sunshine'...
Planting a Living Lesson. (Clippings)
An exercise in democracy has paid off in spades- and dirty fingernails-for sixth graders at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, a small Quaker school outside Philadelphia. As third graders, the students had written to the head of the school, Anne Javsicas,...
San Antonio: A City Guided by Its River; for Decades the People and the Waterway Struggled to Coexist. Now Everyone Loves This "Riparian Fantasy"
A river's inclination is to change its course--exploiting the shore's variations, throwing its energy to erosion-prone banks. As cities burgeoned around once-wild rivers, there followed a period of struggle as the two forces learned to cope with each...
Selling the Cheat. (Clippings)
It's a place where water rushes through West Virginia's Cheat Gorge, where kayakers and hikers gather on warm days. A rare snail finds its home here, as does an endangered bat flying among the many winding caves in the area. But it's a place that is...
The Mystery of Patrick Henry's Osage-Orange: Which Enigma Is Greater; the Age of the National Champion or How It Got to Virginia?
It's hard to upstage Patrick Henry, patriot and orator extraordinaire, but many visitors to Patrick Henry's last home in Brookneal, Virginia, are as interested in the tree in his front yard as they are in the patriot. The tree, an osage-orange (Maclura...
Trees, Environment, and Genes: In the Evolutionary Battle to Survive and Thrive, a Species' Parentage Is Just the Beginning. (Heartwood)
Think about a tree that in your mind is perfect. Now imagine creating more trees just like that one-trees that grow tall and straight, or low and spreading, trees that seem untouched by bugs or blight. How do you recreate a 'perfect tree? It's a...
Un-Common Ground: A Controvery over the U.S. Forest Service's Appeals Process Is Eroding Carefully Wrought Partnerships. (Perspectives)
When the 2002 fire season erupted with a 138,000-acre blaze in the Denver suburbs, it sparked a firestorm of political accusations aimed at the U.S. Forest Service's appeals process. As the season advanced across the country and wildfires blackened...
Washington Outlook
Over the past few months, Congress has again engaged in the debate aver wildfire threats an our federal forests and the need to protect communities and forest ecosystems from destructive wildfires. The debate has been framed by President Bush's "Healthy...
Watchwords from the West: Proposals from a Recent Western Governors Association Forest Health Summit Merit Consideration. (Editorial)
With the 2003 wildfire season heating up in the West and Congress debating major legislation on forest health and wild fire, a recent Forest Health Summit convened by the Western Governors Association (WGA) merits particular attention. A diverse mix...
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