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. 108, No. 1, Spring

A Fine Obsession: A Photographer Make the Case for a Focus on Big Trees. (Earthkeepers)
A life committed to art is a life committed to a series of obsessions. The obsessions of my own creative life have always been about the natural environment in some form or another, and art has been a mechanism for pulling back the veils that limit...
A Majestic Responsibility
We all face the challenge of maintaining the balance between preserving our natural resources and accommodating growth and development. At Davey, we work to maintain that balance every day as we care fur America's forests--forests in urban and residential...
Art in the Trees. (News from the World of Trees)
Veiled sunlight shimmers through delicate aspen leaves, burnishing the painstakingly carved feathers of a bird with outstretched wings. Etched into another tree across the meadow is an elegant script that says, simply, "Carlos M. Cordoba. AD 1908....
Ask the Tree Doctor
Don't know when to prune? Curious about lobed leaves? Have no fear--the Tree Doctor is here. Q: Is it better to prune maple trees in the Bangor, Maine, area in the spring or fall? Jim MacDonald, via e-mail A: Pruning is best done when growth...
Beyond the Fire Line: To Figure out Where and When Fire Helps an Ecosystem Federal Officials Need Data on Lands Burned by Wildfire. but the Information They Need Has Never Been Collected
In 2000, the fire season ignited May 4 with a 48,000-acre fire in New Mexico, the first of a series of blazes that burned more than 7.4 million acres of Western forests and range. More than 861 buildings went up in flames, 237 of them houses in Los...
DC Green. (News from the World of Trees)
The results are in on a study of tree canopy in a 634-square-mile area in and around Washington, DC. AMERICAN FORESTS used high-resolution satellite imagery and its CITYgreen desktop Geographic Information System software to calculate the tree cover...
Deciphering Bitterroot. (News from the World of Trees)
Recent controversy over a Burned Area Recovery Plan for the Bitterroot National Forest illustrates some of the difficulties facing natural resource managers and policymakers in today's forest policy environment. Those difficulties arise from value...
Eddie Bauer Leads Memorial Groves Effort. (News from the World of Trees)
The first partnership to plant trees under AMERICAN FORESTS' broad-based Memorial Trees campaign was launched January 31, when officials in New York and Washington, DC, announced plans to plant trees for September 11 victims in a program sponsored...
Herpin' Around: Thought It Just Took a Little Water to Make These Critters Happy? Biologists Say It Takes Trees to Make Frogs Sing and Snakes Slither
On the side of the road in the middle of south-central Virginia nowhere, I cock my ears towards a patch of woods and try to make sense of an otherworldly clamor. It is inky dark, with fireflies flashing in the trees and a gibbous moon hanging over...
Hot Stuff. (News from the World of Trees)
. (News from the World of Trees) Prescribed burns, the build-up of small-diameter trees, drought conditions, the role of communities in wildfire prevention, and planting trees for environmental restoration are just some of the topics you'll find...
Hour to Nominate a Champion
TO SUBMIT A TREE FOR CONSIDERATION For each nomination AMERICAN FORESTS needs the following information: 1. Correct name of the species or variety (only U.S. native and naturalized species are eligible). If you need help with identification,...
Land of the Little Giants: Wild-Dillys. Blollys. and Champion Trees You Can Wrap Your Hand around. Welcome to Key Largo, Where Less Is More
To a temperate naturalist in search of big trees, the tropical forest of Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park did not look promising. In fact, with short, spindly trees and a canopy that tops out at about 40 feet, it looked more like a thicket than...
Lone Star Elite: In Texas, When They Say Everything Is Bigger, They're Talking about Their Trees, Too. Naturally
In Texas, so they say, everything is BIG. And the trees there are no exception. The Lone Star state has 69 national champions, more than any other state except California and Florida. Among the champs: the biggest Texas ash, Texas persimmon, Texas...
Nurturing Nature: Trees Give Scale to Human Life. They're Also a Measure of How Well We're Protecting the World around Us. (Communities)
It was a hot July day in 1862. A tall, drawn man and his small son strolled toward the huge copper beech next to the cottage where the family spent summer weekends escaping the heat and humidity of downtown Washington, DC. Deborah Gangloff The...
Sovereign Species: From Dethroned Monarchs to Brash Upstarts, the 2002 National Register of Big Trees Has More Royal Intrigue Than a British History Text
Imagine yourself on a flat, featureless plain. The only objects in sight are two trees, 180 degrees apart. One is slightly larger, but they appear otherwise identical. Which tree do you go to first? Most people, of course, would choose the bigger...
Species by Scientific Name (A-Z)
A Abies amabilis, Pacific silver fir Abies balsamea, Balsam fir Abies bracteata, Bristlecone fir Abies concolor var. concolor, Rocky Mountain white fir Abies concolor var. lowiana, California white fir Abies fraseri, Fraser fir ...
Species without Champs (A-Y)
ACACIA Long-spine, Acacia macrocantha (Fla.) (**) APRICOT Desert, Prunus fremontii (Calif.) ARAUCARIA Cunningham, Araucaria cunninghamii (Hawaii) ASH Chihuahua, Franxinus papillosa (Tex., N. Mex., Ariz.) Blue, Froxinus quodrongulata...
Support Grows for Memorial Trees. (News from the World of Trees)
Americans reacted swiftly to the tragedy of September 11 with an outpouring of financial and emotional support. Since then the nation has sought ways to honor the victims and the heroes. "Here at AMERICAN FORESTS, we've decided to do what we do...
Trees: Big Deal; Memorials, Hunters, Controversy, and TV. Just Another Spring in the Lives of Arboreal Giants. (Editorial)
Michelle Robbins Back in 1921, when the nation was searching for the proper way to remember those who died in World War 1, First Lady Florence Harding took a shovel and threw the first spadeful of dirt for a memorial tree planting at AMERICAN FORESTS'...
Tree Stories: A Series. Mix Together Dedicated People, Offbeat Ideas, a Pleasantly Goofy Host, and Lots of Greenery. the Result Airs on PBS This Spring. (Perspectives)
It's 5:30 p.m., and Jeff Meyer, director of AMERICAN FORESTS' Historic Tree Nursery, has been standing in the blowing cold for hours as a crew films for his upcoming TV show. The light is fading, his opening lines are getting harder to repeat, and...
Washington Outlook
There's been a flurry of policy activity in the past few weeks related to President Bush's FY 2003 budget proposals, his climate change initiatives, and the 2002 Farm Bill. Here are some initial perspectives: President Bush released his first budget...
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