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. 95, No. 9-10, September-October

A National Urban Forests Policy: It's about Time!
AFA wouldn't exist if it weren't for its role in shaping national forest policy. The need for national policies regarding forests was why AFA's founding fathers joined together 1 14 years ago to form a citizen's action group. Today, AFA continues...
Cooling Our Baking Cities
July. We expect it to be hot, especially in the city. But do you Easterners remember last February? It was warm too, fooling the forsythias into behaving as if it were April. Rising like a golden sunrise out of the pavement near Logan Circle in Washington,...
Journey to the Bottom of a Tree
Compared to trunk and crown, relatively little is known about a tree's roots. The study of root systems requires endless digging. Fiber-optic and video technologies have helped somewhat, but revolutionary procedures are yet to come. Much as ultrasound...
Land Lease: Sporting Rights for "Rent."
Back in the early 1950s, John Mullin's family faced a problem that many modern forest and farm owners can sympathize with. Despite plenty of hard work on their land, which overlooks the Mississippi River near Goose Lake, Iowa, traditional agriculture...
Leo's Legacy
The sign on the door says "Pioneer Forest," but the door is on the ninth floor of a building in the urban wilds of downtown St. Louis. Leo Drey, the craggy-faced proprietor of Pioneer Forest and the largest private landowner in Missouri, sits at his...
Sex and the Single Tree
A few miles south of Washington, DC, along the banks of the Potomac River, lies Mount Vernon, the home of this nation's first President. We all know about the role George Washington played in the birth of this country. He and Martha had no children,...
Sizing Up City Trees
Most urban dwellers appreciate shady streets, but until recently even those responsible for taking care of urban trees were un-aware that our nation's cities are losing four trees for every one planted. To many city dwellers, the prospect of barren,...
Small Steps for a Healthier World
There is a great deal of evidence to support the argument that the world needs more and better trees and forests, as AFA's members have been advocating for over a century. We've been very successful in the past at mobilizing individual action, corporate...
Tailgate Troubleshooting
There you are, two miles back of beyond, and your chainsaw has sputtered and died just as you dropped her in the cut. I know firsthand the frustration that comes from a balky saw, but a trip to the shop or the dealer may be avoidable. The secret of...
Taming a Tiger
"Fire coming up Sugarloaf Mountain," was the cry. "Run for your lives!" And they did. Some people barely escaped as flames raged from Black Tiger Gulch and engulfed their homes. At 1,778 acres and more than $5 million in losses including 39 homes...
The Greening of St. Louis
The City of St. Louis is a metropolis awakening. Many people are aware of the city's rebirth from a sleepy river town to a vibrant urban center. Most credit the lifting of spirits that came after the completion of the Gateway Arch, the soaring riverfront...
To Kill a Tree: The Poisoning of Austin's Landmark Live Oak Has the Nation Outraged - and Sending Get-Well Cards
Tree lovers everywhere are keeping their fingers crossed as an ancient live oak battles for its life. Since June, television and news media have been flocking to Austin, Texas, to chronicle the poignant story of the Treaty Oak, a venerable live oak...
Tree Angel of Santo Domingo
Michigan State University professor, urban forester, tropical forester, legislative understudy, fundraising apprentice, AFA's liaison, and treeplanting guru in the Dominican Republic. Who are all these people? Correction. Who is this man? That's right,...
Trees and Your Health
All of us have experienced the helaing power of trees. As I write its, Washington, DC, is having its first warm days of spring. The trees are budding out a little more each day. To me, and even to those who don't take conscious note of such changes,...
Trees, Crime, and Tony Bouza
One of the first things Tony Bouza did when he became captain of three Harlem police precincts was order trees planted in front of the station houses. In one location, that required taking a jackhammer to the front sidewalk to break up the concrete...
Vine Maple Autumn
Every autumn when the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest begin tuning up their symphony of change-when the morning air sharpens and the sky takes on a heartbreaking blue and the Canada geese sound their wild warningOctober brings a minor miracle....
Wildfire Update
Pick up the newspapers the past two summers, and it may seem like the West is going up in smoke. In fact, the summer blazes, fueled by a prolonged drought, have hopscotched from region to region, creating a mosaic of scorched forests and grasslands....
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