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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. 3-4, March-April

A Passion for the Pawpaw
plant family Annonaceae Custardapple) that is adapted to temperate climates. All its relatives-which include cherimoya, soursop, custard apple, and ilana-grow in the tropics or subtropics. Several forms of pawpaw are recognized in the eastern and southern...
A Special Camp for Special Kids
Were he given the chance to rewrite the story of his early life, Bob Olson would surely omit three of the elements of that drama. Given a second go-round, he'd leave out polio, pneumonia, and rheumatic fever. But today, 35 years later, those childhood...
A Very Hot Potato
Like a raccoon caught in the glare of a flashlight, Jeff DeBonis, 38, looks disarmingly harmless, smiling out of a coal-black night on Oregon's Willamette National Forest. In his loggers' boots, Levi's, and sky-blue Patagonia jacket, he's the kind...
Claiming the Higher Ground
"How are you going to keep this from being just a puff piece?" Neil Sampson asked. I knew what he meant. My assignment was to do a story on the American Forestry Association from Earth Day'70 to E.D. '90. As a staff writer, I can't pretend to an outsider's...
Conservation Realities in the '90S
As I gaze into conservation's crystal ball, I see still more posturing than real progress in the years ahead. I'd like to believe that increasing numbers of politicians understand how important environmental issues are. What I hear instead are candidates...
Earth Day and Beyond
Earth Day 1970 gained its legendary success from the individual actions of the 20 million Americans who joined the celebration. One mayor helped plant trees. A governor picked up trash. Thousands of university students poured out for teach-ins. But...
Environmental Movers & Shakers
11 the signs indicate that the 1990s are destined to become "the environmental decade." Awareness that our planet faces a looming ecological crisis has spread beyond environmental and conservation organizations to take the head of the table...
Mr. Bush's Lasting Legacy
President Bush's 1991 budget foresees significant change in the way the federal government treats conservation and environmental issues. It's not all good news, to be sure. No budget can meet everyone's expectations. But this one contains important...
Negotiations
During the late 70s, The Nature Conservancy did some of the biggest land deals in the history of conservation. We acquired and protected places like Santa Cruz Island in California, the Santee Hunt Club in South Carolina, Pascagoual River in Mississippi,...
Replies from the Fire Gods
In the great debates over how to manage our public domain, the 1988 Yellowstone fires provided something for everyone. We have seen them used to support every imaginable management scenario for the national parks, as well as a few that seem unimaginable....
Stirrings: In Spring's Woods, an Observer Is Surrounded by New Beginnings - and Some of the Best Are Within
or several years a notion has been building within me. Increasingly, I sense that each spring, between the days when tree buds open and the mature leaves finally appear, a brief subdivision of spring occurs. The other day I set out to see if this mini-season...
The Best Way to Plant Trees
We at the American Forestry Association propose that the new decade inaugurated this year be called the Decade of the Tree. During the 1990s major changes are needed in public policy and personal lifestyle to improve the ecological health of the...
The Tree Man of Staten Island
Last September, a Staten Island, New York, newspaper published a story about Herman Schnittman of New Dorp, who has what may be a record number of trees around his home. If it'll grow, I won't chop it down," says Schnittman, who counts 125 trees on...
Three of the Best ReLeaf Projects We Know
Shovels in hand and motivated by a concern far beyond the simple and yet profound act before them, volunteers across the nation are putting armies of little trees into the ground. As the trees grow, they will stretch up into air that is becoming dirtier...
Which Way to the Revolution?
No one is ever against the environment. We talk about modifying the weather, of making deserts bloom, of turning forests into pastures and prairies into breadbaskets. But it's probably fair to say that except in wartime and in a relatively small area,...
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