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. 7-8, July-August

Charting a Course for Nonfederal Forests
Congress is expected to act this year on sweeping new proposals affecting our nation's state and private forestlands. The proposals represent some of the most innovative forestry ideas to emerge in Congress in more than a decade. They have been brought...
Growing Gold in Cass County
Every fall, Cass County in northern Minnesota turns gold, but in one sense the county is golden year-round. Approximately half of the county's forests are aspen, and that former "weed tree" has helped finance innovative management of the county's public...
Industry Challenge: Heed Public Perceptions
Not long ago, AFA past president R. Scott Wallinger the keynote speech at the American Pulpwood Association's annual meeting. In that speech, Scott, senior vice president for Westvaco Corporation, ranged over a broad menu of topics of vital interest...
Israel: A National Passion for Trees
"In most countries people are born to forests, and forests are given to them by nature. But here in this country . . . if you see a tree, it was planted by somebody. " Moshe Rivlin, world chairman of the jewish National Fund, is speaking of Israel...
Minnesota Turnabout
On returning to northern Minnesota for the holidays last December, I was surprised to see articles on forestry appearing almost daily in the local newspapers. I was even more surprised by their tone. Nearly all involved controversies over timber sales...
Needed: Rx for Historic Trees
Strolling the cobblestone streets of historic Savannah, Georgia, an observer is immediately struck by the size of the trees that shade the way Giant live oaks draped with Spanish moss create deep shadows fringed by flowering dogwoods, azaleas, and...
NYC Kids Turn Vacant Lots into Woods
Schools in Harlem and Brooklyn have adopted vacant city lots and turned them into woodland classrooms, thanks to the efforts of Nancy Wolf, diehard New Yorker and hugger of city trees. Wolf heads up a nonprofit environmental group that started a...
RC&D Forestry: Good Ideas Close to Home
In 1970 dairy farmer Loren Weldinstein of Mt. Upton, New York, read an article that changed his life. The article discussed a business opportunity based on a mostly untapped supply of red-pine timber in New York State's southern tier. The idea interested...
Recycling the Paper Forest
Many American households have added a new routine to the night-before-trash-day ritual. In addition to emptying trash baskets, many of us now scurry around the, house gathering stacks of newspapers and carefully separated plastics, glass, and aluminum....
Resurrection of a Forgotten Forest
On a fall day in 1985, Gordon Mott drove along a forest road in north-central Maine. He skirted the dramatic massif of 5,267-foot Mt. Katahdin, Maine's highest peak, and bumped his way into a rolling and isolated stretch of woods. Mott, a respected...
The Fight for a Canyon
In the July/August 1988 issue of this magazine, Kay Mathews' FOCUS article, "Hammering Out the Cibola Plan," gave a bargaining-table account of six months of head-butting that resulted in the signing of a settlement agreement to a citizens' appeal...
The Jentsch Bequest: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Imagine giving the American Forestry Association a 25 percent increase in the organization's capacity to serve its members, or giving each of the professional staff members a second set of eyes and ears. Imagine giving two dozen or more college...
The Time-Warp Trees of Comanche Country
When university botanist Paul Buck takes core samples of sugar maple trees, there's a good chance his work might be interrupted by the buzzing posterior of a diamondback rattlesnake or the midsummer tantrum of a buffalo bull. Buck has done much of...
The Woodman Cometh
Sometimes I wish we were Catholic," Ann used to say as I was rounding up the children to head for the woods. "Why?" "Then at least I'd have a Saint Christopher to protect the boys out there. You don't suppose the Pope would care if I lighted...
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