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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 7-8, July-August

A New Way to Find Your Way
Gary Turbak of Missoula, Montana, is a freelance writer specializing in outdoor topics. Navigating by the stars was never like this ! If there is a universal law of the woods, it is this: Know where you are. Until now, map and compass have been...
BWCA: The Embattled Wilderness
For 60 years this water-blessed million-acre gem has survived roads and dams and sonic booms and overuse-and in the process helped us define the way we value wilderness. A quarter of a century ago, Congress passed the Wilderness Act. This landmark...
Cohutta: A Wilderness-to-Order
Harriett Digioia is a Forestry Technician and William Black is the Ranger on the Cohutta Ranger District, Chattahoochee National Forest. Howard Burnett, now Special Projects Forester at AFA, spent four years as Cohutta District Ranger back in his salad...
Enabling the Disabled
As I open my eyes and look out through the open tent flap, I see elk grazing in the moonlight. Our camp is an old floorless army-style tent in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area Of western Colorado. We leave the flaps open day and night to provide relief...
Fire Gods and Federal Policy
Thomas Bonnicksen is a professor heading up the Department of Recreation and Parks at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. They stand on mountaintops making incantations to . . .Zeus, asking him to send thunderbolts and fashion a...
Ghost Moths & Dead Spruce
This elusive insect, abitted by acid rain, may be pushing some forests over the edge. Armed with carrots, plastic party cups, and antifreeze, Dave Wagner and his crew hike three miles in the freezing Vermont rain on a blustery day in june to the...
Greenhouse Fact and Fiction
Concern over the steady buildup of "greenhouse gases" in the atmosphere and the likelihood that it could result in significant and very destructive global warming has captured front stage on the environmental agenda recently, and all indications are...
Preserving the Warder Legacy
View of Warder's manor house and the National Champion English oak that shades it. As developers eye the blufftop estate of AFA'S founder, schoolkids are spearheading the drive to save it. Tucked away on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River, just...
Return to Admiralty
Moody, magnificent, million-acre Admiralty grows trees and bears better than most places. At bottom, Kirsihhoff and Alaback at Whitewater Bay site first logged in 1913. Herbert McLean of Eastsound, Washington, a frequent contributor, will guide...
The Davey Connection
One of the nation's best-known tree-care companies and its oldest conservation group team up to celebrate and support Big Trees and Global ReLeaf. By DEBORAH GANGLOFF The Davey Tree Expert Company has joined AFA in its newest programGlobal ReLeaf-by...
The "Other" Wilderness
BLM wildlands are different-starker, dryer, closer to people than traditional Wildernesses. But that diversity is needed to round out the national system. Wilderness. The word brings visons of peace and tranquility to some people, stirs up concern...
The Pinchot Paper Caper
Tom Harlan recently retired as Assistant Director of the U.S. Forest Service's Office of Public Affairs. Occupying more than a quartermile of shelf space, the collection will shed extra light on a special period in conservation history. Gifford...
Trail and Teamwork on Tahoe's Rim
Like a necklace around a beautiful woman, this trail is a-building through a partnership that benefits all parties. "I believe we need to look at innovative partnership arrangements, in which the private sector and recreation groups team up with government....
Tree Farming Down East
Jon Laitin, a freelance writer, photographer, and editor, presently lives in Thorndike, Maine. Independent, unrepentant, and as unorthodox as a broad "a," these landowners are both resource stewards and flinty pragmatists. They have been called...
Trees and Exurban Sprawl
Ed Macie, Arborist in Fulton County, Georgia, won AFA'S 1988 Urban Forestry Award for a professional. Gary Moll is AFA'S own Vice President of Programs and Director of Urban Forestry. Environmental upheaval needn't result as development spreads...
Trees for Vietnam Vets
Vietnam veteran Geof Steiner has begun a crusade to commemorate the 58,022 men and women killed or missing-in-action during the Vietnam War. The memorials are not stark stone monuments but green, living trees-one for each veteran who didn't return....
Wilderness at 25 - a Look to the Future
George Reiger of Locustville, Virginia, is a nationally known conservation writer and lecturer. On the eve of the Wilderness Act's silver anniversary, questions surrounding wildland designations and definitions still cloud the horizon. Are there...
Wilderness Tomorrow
Anne Fege is the U.S. Forest Service's National Leader for Wilderness Management. A whistlestop tour of five wildland gems brings a clear message: if we want their values to last, we can't just leave them alone. Close your eyes and imagine you...
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