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

Adventures of a Big-Tree Photographer
By WHIT BRONAUGH The rewards of this unique pastime are measured in far more than memorable images. had arrived too late for photography that evening, but I couldn't resist getting a glimpse of my first national champion tree. Stepping out of my...
A Good Idea Just Keeps Getting Bigger
Profiles of people who make a difference for trees and forests Jan Tjerk Mossel has a dream-a big one. He wants to help preserve all big trees worldwide. He has founded a new organization, the World Tree Foundation, that is similar to AFA's Big...
A Stand at the Woodpile
That haphazard mound of beetle-girdled splits in my yard is much more than winter heat. By neighbor commented the other day that my woodpile good. I thanked him and replied that I probably knew more about that woodpile than I should. I said I could...
Cutting through Illusions
It was serious work the two of us did that long-ago winter, but a lot of it went up in smoke. He had a monstrous wood saw, a huge, whirling, toothed disc mounted on bicycle wheels and driven by a lawnmower en ne and a tangle of pulleys and belts-something...
Incredible Journey: ReLeaf Comes to Ukraine
Amid the tumultuous events in the Soviet Union, AFA's international coordinator and her family found a warm welcome in a land her husband fled 47 years ago. Have you ever been on a roller coaster? Last August I was on one for five da s. A roller...
Introduction: The 1992 Edition, National Register of Big Trees
Now in its 52nd year, AFA's distinctive program to recognize champion trees is getting new impetus from today's environmental awakening. was planting trees outside Albuquerque last spring when I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my foot. I took off my...
Joining Hands for Trees
Participants in the largest-ever urban forest conference came away with canvas totebags crammed with information and hearts swelled with pride. Fess up! Neither you professionals here nor citizen foresters like me can save the urban forest alone....
Paradise Burning: How to Live with Wildfire
Do you own property in a fire-prone area? Here are cutting-edge ideas from neighborhoods that have really felt the heat. like science fiction," mused one witness to the Oakland holocaust. "I lost the house I raised my children in," mourned a city...
Soft-Hat Management for Southern Forests
A veteran observer urges an innovative course change for the rich resources of the evolving New South. Dr. John Gray is a part-time policy and program consultant in Little Rock, Arkansas, and a senior associate of the Winrock International Institute...
Thank You, Mrs. Sharpe
The cit of Providence is a model of progressive urban greening, thanks to this pair of tough-minded women. By NORAH DEAKIN DAVIS No one could say no to Mary Elizabeth Sharpe. Not even the mayor. In the late 1970s, toward the end of her long...
The Critical Question of Sustainable Forests
THE CRITICAL QUESTION OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTS The age-old battle over what constitutes "sustainable forestry" is as hot today as at any time in the past century, and AFA continues to be in the center of the debate. Our latest effort, under the the...
The Fall of the Dyerville Giant
One of earth's largest creatures, born a thousand years before Columbus, now lies in state to give visitors a new perspective on spectacular trees. For the residents of Dyerville-a blink-and you'll-miss-it town in California's redwood country-peace...
The Making of a Champion
Trees aren't the only things that can mature in an Oklahoma woodlot. The American Forestry Association's Big Tree Program lionizes more than just champion trees, The person who nominates a champion tree makes the list as well. The program was conceived...
The Pine and the Nutcracker
Montana forester Lars Halstrom squints into the sun and eyes a pair of Clark's nutcrackers atop a whitebark pine tree high in the mountains of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The birds are busy jackhammering through pitch-soaked pinecones, eating...
The Pine & the Jay
There's more than symbiosis going on between these two denizens of the Southwest. By TERRY HEINER The October afternoon is quiet, the pinon pine forest seemingly dozing in the autumn sun under a clear blue New Mexico sky. The air is filled with...
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