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. 116, No. 2, Summer

Battle with the Beetles Continues
We have published many stories about the extensive damage to western forests by mountain pine beetles (see Autumn 2010 cover story). We thought it was time to update our readers on the efforts and events that have taken place recently in the ongoing...
Climate Change: It's Official
Amid email scandals and obviously changing weather patterns, a great many people are still asking the question: Is climate change real? In May, two years after a request from Congress for more information on climate change, the National Academy of...
Concerns in the Allegheny Forest
Faced with new interest in natural-gas drilling, Friends of the Allegheny Wilderness is trying to secure federal protection for pristine areas in Allegheny National Forest. Staff and volunteers with the non-profit organization are lobbying federal...
Johnny Appleseed Birthday Tour
John "Appleseed" Chapman, one of America's most beloved cultural icons, was born in Leominster, Massachusetts in 1774. More than a folklore legend, he was a naturalist, a humanitarian, and a skilled nurseryman with a pioneer's spirit. In the 1790s...
Logging Debris vs. Invasives
Numerous studies describe the impact of logging on the landscape and soil, but very little information exists concerning the impact of either removing or leaving logging debris. Research forester Tim Harrington and Virginia Tech professor Stephen Schoenholtz...
Looking Back: With Our Next Anniversary around the Corner, American Forests Reflects on 135 Years of Conservation Influence and Action
One hundred and thirty five years ago this September 10th, a group of citizens concerned about the rampant loss of forests and major damage to the land met in Chicago to found the organization today known as AMERICAN FORESTS. They were a committed...
New Jobs Heal Old Wounds: Environmental Restoration Is Putting Unemployed Oregonians Back to Work
There persists a palpable climate of loss and longing in the rural timber country of Oregon that only intensified as the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the latest recession sabotaged new home-building nationwide. The loss of still more jobs at the few...
News from the World of Trees
1910 FIRES: STILL BURNING The 1910 fire season in the Northern Rockies was burned deeply into the consciousness of American firefighters and foresters. But according to experts, the fire that we recognize 100 years later as the largest and most...
Oil's Latest Victim
Without question, the biggest item in environmental news this year has been the oil spill in the Gulf. While the damage it has caused to oceanic life has been devastating, it is unfortunately not limited to the ocean. The oil has spread, reaching the...
Pennsylvania Avenue: Historic Trees & Gardens of 1600
It's summertime at the White House. The lemon-sweet fragrance of Andrew Jackson's magnolias drifts up and around the Truman Balcony, wafting over the Rose Garden. Tourists from around the world gather behind the black-iron south fence, aiming their...
Restoring Damaged Lands: Nurseries Put in Place for the Logging Industry Are Now Responsible for Restoring Native Species to National Forests across the Country
In a back room at the U.S. Forest Service nursery in Placerville, California, dozens of small glass bottles containing seeds are arranged in wooden cases like a horticultural sampler. Each one cradles the future of a native species: ponderosa and Jeffrey...
Sustaining the Warbler Recovery
Since the very first Global ReLeaf project, AMERICAN FORESTS has had a connection to a tiny, yellow-breasted songbird called the Kirtland's warbler. The habitat needs of this rare, ground-nesting bird are complex--stands of jack pine are not enough....
This Tree Counts! Nature Enthusiast and Children's Author Alison Ashley Formento Is Encouraging Today's Youth to Appreciate What Trees Have to Offer
I have always, always loved trees," says journalist, nature enthusiast, educator, and author Alison Ashley Formento. Formento's current nature-inspired work includes the children's book This Tree Counts!, recently published by Albert Whitman &...
Tree Doctor
Measuring A Champ Q: I've read the following: "World champions trees are determined by a point system based on height, trunk size and crown spread." Could you tell me what tools are needed to do this, how it is done, and how long it takes to make...
Twice as Many in Half the Time: The Environment Is in Need of More Trees Than Ever, and American Forests Is Stepping to the Challenge
This spring, we announced that 2010 would be another banner year for Global ReLeaf--that we would be planting 4.8 million trees in 43 projects in 10 countries. This would put us on course for the fall planting of our 35 millionth tree since beginning...
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