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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. 96, No. 5-6, May-June

Canada Blazing: Unprecedented Fire Losses Last Year and Persistent Drought Conditions Are Making Officials Fear the Summer of '90
CANADA BLAZING As Canadian forest-fire officials enter the 1990 season, they are considerably more worried than at any other time in the country's history. Concern has risen that a four-year drought, now reaching chronic proportions in many northern...
Even the Kids Study Forestry
EVEN THE KIDS STUDY FORESTRY You don't cut trees, you save them," says Norberto Coronado Andino, a fifth-grader from Chaguite Grande, Honduras. "We need them to earn money, for the fresh air, and because there would be no water without them." Norberto...
Forest of Torches: Millions of Drought-Weakened, Beetle-Killed Conifers Are Browning the Sierras and Fueling Fears of Catastrophic Fires
FOREST OF TORCHES Millions of drought-weakened, beetle-killed conifers are browning the Sierras and fueling fears of catastrophic fires At 5:30 on a frosty morning last October, I crawled sleepily from my tent at the Silver Fork campground in California's...
Good Guys, Bad Guys, Hard Cash, and the Environment
GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS, HARD CASH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT The world is turning its attention to environmental issues at an astonishing pace, but the issues are not all concerned with soil, water, and air. Increasingly, we face controversy over the partnerships...
Gypsies and Beetles and Frass - Oh, My!
Gypsies and Beetles and Frass - Oh, My! Have you ever had to move your barbecue indoors because gypsy-moth caterpillars staked a claim on your backyard? Folks in the Northeast have fought vendettas against gypsy moths for years, but more recently...
How to Choose & Use Brushcutters
How To Choose & Use Managing undesirable vegetation may seem a never-ending task if you're a homeowner, grounds-keeper, woodlot owner, or forester. But if you've never enlisted the aid of a brushcutter, or haven't tried one for a while, you may...
Mr. Bush and His Billion Trees
Mr. Bush and His Billion Trees Washington wags are calling President Bush's new tree-planting campaign the "Thousand Points of Shade." Though it trivializes the President's call for greening of America, the appellation is apt. The success of his plan...
Slowing Global Warming
SLOWING GLOBAL WARMING Global warming promises to be one of the central environmental issues of the '90s. After a decade of scientific concern but popular neglect, the '80s ended with a growing political and scientific consensus that the world can...
The Forest That Will Be Saved
THE FOREST THAT WILL BE SAVED Not many natural-resource planners get to go back and do their plans over again 15 years later. As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it, "There are no second acts in American lives." But Fitzgerald didn't reckon on George D. Davis,...
The Lands Nobody Knows
THE LANDS NOBODY KNOWS The roar that swirled around Dan Nardi and me at the edge of the South Fork of the Shenandoah could have been whitewater, as slategray snowmelt swelled one of Virginia's most beautiful and popular rivers. But as we hiked through...
The Northern Forest: Our Last Best Chance
THE NORTHERN FOREST: OUR LAST BEST CHANCE Many a tall tale has come out of the great north woods of New England and New York. But this one's for real. Even the tales of Paul Bunyan are tame by comparison. This is a true story of yuppie robber barons,...
The Timber Industry Takes Its Show on the Road
The Timber Industry Takes Its Show On The Road "We've been quiet too long." The voice is Jim Hinson's, executive vice president of Intermountain Forest Industry Association. His audience is a dozen press women, and we are standing on the grounds...
Timberlands Tomorrow
TIMBERLANDS TOMORROW Industrial foresters hear the winds of change shrieking as they gear up to supply the nation's appetite for wood products in the 21st century. When America's industrial foresters peer into the crystal ball to foretell what lies...
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