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. 117, No. 2, Summer

Achieving a New Level of Impact
This summer, our board of directors approved a new strategic plan for American Forests. While I realize that most strategic plans are hardly earth shattering stuff, this one is different. Our new plan continues to sharpen our focus in some very exciting...
A Journey through Champion Trees
For most of my childhood my address was "the house with the biggest tree on Cardinal Lane." That big black cherry tree, a remnant of the farm from which our little subdivision wets carved, dominated our front yard and arched protectively over my bedroom....
A Man Saved by Wilderness
When Ernest Oberholtzer was 25 years old, the Quetico-Superior country saved his life. The year was 1909, Oberholtzer, who had grown up in Davenport, Iowa, and been educated at Harvard, had heart damage caused by rheumatic fever He'd been told he might...
A Place Apart: The Boundary Waters
Steve Nelson was waiting for eight women. He planned to outfit them, put them in four canoes, and send them paddling into the wilderness. Nelson runs Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitters in Ely, Minnesota, one of many outfitters that cater to people...
A Tree-Lined Path to Good Health
Strolling among green giants gives us balance and perspective. That calming quiet we find in forests is one reason we seek out natural areas for restoration and renewal. For those with an affinity for forests, it may come as no surprise that these...
Editors' Note
Dear Readers, 2011 has been an exhilarating year of change at American Forests, and we are thrilled to unveil some of our new work in this issue of our magazine: our new togo, more photos, a wider variety of articles, and a cleaner took. The magazine...
Global ReLeaf Projects 2011
American Forests' Global ReLeaf program haw planted nearly 40 million trees since its inception in 1990. These several-hundred projects have helped to restore rural and urban forests ecosystems in every state, in the U.S. and 38 countries around the...
History in the Heartwood
New Englanders had Paul Revere to warn them of the aiming British forces, but on May 19, 1780, there was no early morning ride with the cry, "The Darkness is coming! The Darkness is coming!" The dawn was cloudy with a reddish tinge, but by noon, it...
Mangroves Provide Critical Carbon Storage
Now studies reveal that the world's coastal mangrove forests are more beneficial than originally thought. These unique ecosystems are capable of storing four times more carbon per acre than nearly any other tropical forest on Earth and may even be...
The Gift of Trees
Thinking about creative gift ideas? Whether your I friend or family member is an environmentalist, birdwatcher, hiker, skier, fisherman, or someone who just loves the idea of a walk in the woods, give a gift that resonates throughout the year; a membership...
Trees Doctor
QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY THE DAVEY EXPERT TREE CO. HARDWARE DAMAGE Q: Will a nail or screw damage a mature tree? Will removing a nail or screw that has been in a tree for years do more harm than good? A: A nail or screw will cause minor damage...
Tug of War in Adirondack Park
Forever Wild--those two words have tong governed New York's approach to protecting its forested lands in Adirondack Park. That phrase, written into the state's constitution, is more than just a simple guideline to forestry; it is a barrier to prevent...
Washington Outlook
American Forests is embarking on a new campaign strategy to protect and restore the most fragile forest ecosystems across the United States. Our first campaign is focused on the Western Mountain forests, particularly the high-elevation forests that...
Whitebark Pine: Endangered but Not Protected
In July, the whitebark pine was designated as a candidate For the endangered species list. After conducting further studies on the many threats this species is facing--including climate change--the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that whitebark...
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