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. 96, No. 1-2, January-February

50th Birthday of Big Trees
50th BIRTHDAY OF BIG TREES Americans like champions, and Americans like trees. Put the two together, and you have an instant winner. That's exactly what the American Forestry Association did back in October of 1940. Today AFA's National Register...
A Call for National Resource Leadership
A CALL FOR NATIONAL RESOURCE LEADERSHIP As we enter the final decade of the 20th Century, the most astonishing changes in memory are rocking the world. Old enmities and alliances from the World War II era are crumbling, and the environment has once...
Ash Nelson's Walnut Link: A Long Row of Roadside Trees Marked the Milestones of This Man's Life
Ash Nelson's Walnut Link Along a five-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 6 in eastern Iowa are 37 walnut trees. Most are ailing and stunted, but a few stand sound and tall, remnants of a splendid walnut row that once linked the towns of Wilton and Durant....
A Treerific Volunteer: The Wife of Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter Takes on the Job of Stumping the Country to Encourage Tree Planting
A TREERIFIC VOLUNTEER The wife of Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter takes on the job of stumping the country to encourage tree planting. Poised on a podium facing a crowd of photographers and officials from the forest industry and U.S. Department...
Big Trees and Dreams
BIG TREES AND DREAMS What's the big deal about Big Trees? Why are people turned on by such arboreal "winners"? Why has this century-old conservation organization chosen to spend so much time and energy on a program to recognize big old trees? Many...
Challenging the Biggest Champ
CHALLENGING THE BIGGEST CHAMP Since the beginning of the American Forestry Association's Big Tree Program in 1940, the General Sherman sequoia has reigned as biggest of the nation's big trees. It has beat out challengers from among other sequoias...
Elm Hunt
ELM HUNT A tree what?" That's what my friend Linda Armstrong asked when I suggested we go on a tree hunt. The explanation seemed complicated for a mission so simple. Byron Carmean is a big-tree hunter, I explained. He's the guy who found an American...
Fifty Years of Champions
FIFTY YEARS OF CHAMPIONS 1940 The world is in a state of change. Rationing is instituted in Britain. Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico on Stalin's orders. FDR is re-elected for a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie, and John L. Lewis resigns in...
Forest Fun: Fee or Free? A Tug-of-War over Recreation Is Brewing between Public Forests and Private Businesses
FOREST FUN fee or free? The cross-country ski area at the top of Pattee Canyon, a winding wooded valley that snakes east from Missoula, Montana, is a dream come true for urban skiers. Just five miles from the edge of town, the Forest Service recreation...
From Weed Tree to Money Tree
FROM WEED TREE TO MONEY TREE Do you know anyone who is in the business of farming dandelions? Not likely. Still, out in the great conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest, such timber giants as the Weyerhaeuser Company are seriously studying the...
In Hugo's Wake
In Hugo's Wake Once it became clear that Hugo was a devastating hurricane, AFA realized that our Global ReLeaf[R] program could help coordinate an effort aimed at encouraging the reestablishment of trees. So we sent Special Projects Forester Howard...
Making Our Cities Safe for Trees
Making Our Cities Safe For Trees With its world-famous Gateway Arch standing sentinel over some 2,600 planted trees in bright autumn colors - all of them symbolizing the ideal of the Global ReLeaf [Trademark] campaign - St. Louis provided an ideal...
Nobility in the Underbrush
NOBILITY IN THE UNDERBRUSH Standing unheralded in the Virginia woods is a royal presence that is the arboreal equivalent of any head of state. People don't throng there to rub shoulders with it. There is not even a particularly well-worn path to the...
Our Biggest Magazine Ever
OUR BIGGEST MAGAZINE EVER If you are an AFA member, the magazine you now hold is the largest single issue ever to appear in AMERICAN FORESTS' 95-plus years of continuous publication. In addition to our normal 80 pages plus cover, we present a special...
Paper or Plastic?
PAPER OR PLASTIC? Does the title of this article sound familiar? Paper or plastic is a choice most of us make almost daily. The question arises explicitly at the supermarket checkout, but by the time we arrive there, we've already made the same or...
Partners for a Greener World
PARTNERS FOR A GREENER WORLD The American Forestry Association is very proud to have the Davey Tree Expert Company as a national partner. As our Global ReLeaf campaign gathers momentum, we are coming to depend more and more on a wide variety of partner...
Prince of Wales: The Ultimate Escape?
PRINCE OF WALES: THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE? Like a thatched skullcap, the spruce-clad mountaintop had caught my attention and held it as we drove north from Thorne Bay through a spectacular recreational paradise that almost no one knows about. As a topographic...
Recycling the Urban Forest
RECYCLING THE URBAN FOREST There is an ancient philosophical conundrum about the nature of knowledge that poses the question, "When a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it fall, how do we know whether it still makes a sound?" ...
Save the Forests - Sell the Trees
SAVE THE FORESTS--SELL THE TREES Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Environment Probe is a nonprofit environmental organization that focuses on forestry and international trade issues. In this article, the executive director of Environment Probe argues...
Saving Forests the Natural Way
SAVING FORESTS THE NATURAL WAY Biological control is at least 1,700 years old. As early as the third century A.D., citrus growers in China used predatory ants to forage for insect pests. Today, as they did then, the growers place ant nests in a few...
Saving Something of Value
SAVING SOMETHING OF VALUE For every specimen listed in this 50th Anniversary Edition of the National Register of Big Trees, there are many other nominees that don't make the grade and thus recede into obscurity. But for one distinctive tree, its moment...
Saving the Past for the Future
SAVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE Sometimes Gene Hyde has to battle squirrels and tourists when he's gathering nuts. But Gene Hyde is a determined man. He is a man set on planting seeds from historic trees. It all started in 1986 when Hyde attended...
The Smallest National Forest
THE SMALLEST NATIONAL FOREST Our National Forest come in many sizes. They range from the vast 17-million-acre Tongass in Alaska down to smaller tracts containing only a few thousand acres. Hidden in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains of California...
The Tiniest Titan
THE TINIEST TITAN In the ranks of tree champions, most of us expect to find only giants. Trees like the spreading Wye Oak and the massive General Sherman sequoia fit our images of champion trees perfectly. But not every tree can grow up to be a giant,...
Why Hunt Big Trees?
WHY HUNT BIG TREES? When I recently told a friend that I planned to spend the weekend tree hunting, she looked puzzled, and I knew I was talking to yet another of the uninitiated. "I'm going looking for Big Trees, the biggest of their species in...
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