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. 114, No. 3, Autumn

Acting Environmentally: The Multi-Talented Matthew Modine, along with His Trusty Bicycle, Sets out to Prove That Together We Can Make a World of Difference
Matthew Modine, an actor who has starred in such films as "Any Given Sunday," "Married to the Mob," and Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," is not content to rest on the laurels of being a celebrity. Declaring that we should all aspire to do many...
A Drop in the Bucket
The Kraft Springs Complex was only one fire, in one forest, in one state. Our National Forests are among the best resources our country has to fight overdevelopment, deforestation, and global warming. They sequester the carbon that we produce so excessively,...
All for One and One for All
With all the work we do here at AMERICAN FORESTS, it might be easy to think that when it comes to planting trees, adults get all the work done. But AMERICAN FORESTS partner, Tree Musketeers, says differently. With their Partners for the Planet 3 x...
AMERICAN FORESTS and the Angel Network
Of the many connections and partnerships that AMERICAN FORESTS has made over the years, one of the most famous and successful has been with Oprah Winfrey's humanitarian organization, the Angel Network. After Oprah mentioned AMERICAN FORESTS on her...
Beyond Receding Waters: Devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Gulf Coast Finally Grows Green Again
Hurricane Katrina has been dubbed the costliest storm in the history of America's natural disasters. Its financial impact has been estimated at more than $81 billion. Far more devastating was the loss of nearly two thousand human lives, and two million...
Developing Ash Borer-Resistant Trees
The emerald ash borer (EAB), an Asian beetle, has been a threat to ash trees in North America since its introduction in the early 90s, the extent of its damage comparable even to that of the infamous Dutch elm disease or chestnut blight. Given free...
Diversity in Danger the Custer National Forest: Like Many of Our Country's Most Precious Ecosystems, the Custer National Forest Is at Risk
The Custer National Forest sprawls across more than a million acres of southern Montana and parts of North Dakota. It is home to thousands of plant and animal species, many historical landmarks and heritage sites, and has been a national forest for...
Highway Beauty: Major Roadways All over the State of Illinois Are Getting a Much-Needed Facelift
We don't often consider how much time we spend staring down the highways, perhaps because we don't wish to remember it. Highways are functional but ugly, miles of blank asphalt threading the landscape. But what can be done? These days, most of us spend...
Howard Burnett
Japanese Maple Q: We live in Levelland, Texas. We have planted a Japanese maple tree on the north side of our house, but the tree is in the middle of the yard with no shade. Do we need to move it? -Judy Redger, via email A: Japanese maples...
Hunting the Swamps: Virginia's Big-Tree Hunter Leaves No Stone Unturned nor Swamp Unexplored in His Search for Champion Trees
The Louis Vieux was a grand tree, the national champion American elm. Kansas isn't exactly known for its large trees, and state residents were proud of this one, rising in majestic isolation out of the plains near the old Oregon Trail. So in 1985,...
News from the World of Trees
RETURN TO THE FOREST WHERE WE LIVE The urban forest issue is hitting the airwaves. On September 23, Louisiana Public Broadcasting will premiere its new video, Return to the Forest Where We Live (LPB). This program, narrated by Academy Award and...
Pawpaws Are an Early Fall Treat
One bright afternoon in early October I drove through Bucks County, Pennsylvania on a mission to buy pawpaws, a sweet, aromatic, exotic fruit, indigenous to North America. Before this, I had known of pawpaws only through the folk song, "Way down Yonder...
Tribute to an Editor
Our friend Michelle is gone. The tragic details are these: She died at age 48 on the evening of Monday, August 25 in her home in North Beach, Maryland, surrounded by her husband of 22 years, Ray Saunders, and their children, Jake, 12, and 10-year-old...
Twenty Years of Global ReLeaf: After 20 Years and 25 Million Trees, Global ReLeaf's Mission Remains to Empower People to Improve the Environment
Twenty years ago, on October 11, 1988, American Forests launched a new education and action campaign called Global ReLeaf. We began by planting a tree on America's Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, and dedicated ourselves to taking...
Urban Park Surge
USA Today reports that, despite continually falling values in the housing market, urban parkland has gained major real estate value over the past several years. The jump in value is attributed to several factors, including concern for the environment,...
Washington Outlook
The political context for federal policy action on natural resource and environmental issues in 2008 has resulted in limited accomplishment. A "lame duck" Presidency, a Congress led by the opposing party, and a presidential election year have created...
Working Behind Bars: The Inmates of the William S. Key Correctional Center Are Spending Their Time Making Their Community Greener
Fort Supply was once Indian Territory, captured and converted into the supply base for General Sheridan's winter campaign against the Southern Plain Indians. Today much of the historic post, 230 acres of good Oklahoma land, is an out-door greenhouse....
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