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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. 99, No. 11-12, November-December

A Global Effort
Germany's PRIMA KLIMA answers the call to think globally and act locally. In Slovakia earlier this year, the Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Protectors planted trees in Tatra National Park and in housing developments in the towns of Banska Stiavnica...
All Flora Great & Small
With a love of the great outdoors and a special affinity for Pennsylvania's Wissahicken Park, "semi-retired" veterinarian Joseph Dlugach brought his healing skills to his corner of the state. He supervised a team of 400 volunteers; planted more than...
A Tree by Any Other Name
Read this story carefully. If you're still in the woods about identifying, naming, and pronouncing tree names, please don't call the editors of this magazine. "If I had wanted to memorize so many names, I would have become a botanist." Enrico Fermi...
Baikal, Bring Us Together
Two members of a Russian/American team report bright promise for a plan to bring ecologically sustainable development to the vast forests nurturing the world's largest and deepest lake. Russia's immense boreal forest--they call it the taiga--covers...
House Panel Probes Forest Health
The Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Natural Resources of the House Agriculture Committee held a field hearing in Boise, Idaho, in August to take testimony on H.R. 229, sponsored by Idaho Congressman Larry LaRocco. The bill addresses the forest-health...
No Old-Growth Needed
This high-tech mill turns a profit with logs once scorned as "twigs" and help thin dogchair forests in the bargain. While embattled Pacific Northwest loggers brawl with environmentalists over the future of the region's vanishing old-growth forests,...
Of Owls, RIFs, and Gridlock
The challenge of managing the remaining old-growth federal forests in the Pacific Northwest continues to grow in spite of (or, some might argue, because of) the strategy put forth by the Clinton Administration. Though most of the sentiment within AMERICAN...
Restoring Old Ironsides
A wonderful mixture of tomorrow's gadgetry and yesterday's workmanship is helping to refurbish this "floating forest," the most famous fighting ship in American history. Charlie Deans is playing detective again. He motions for me to follow him into...
The Christmas-Tree Forest
Byproduct of World War I, these few spruces survive in a bitter land, and the Adak elves love 'em. Imagine an entire forest lighted with the dazzle and joy of a family Christmas tree. Stringing miles of colored lights from top to bottom and hither and...
The Cost of "Saving": You Take It, You Pay for It
NEEDED: A way to even the playing field when private landowners are asked to bear the burden of environmental regulations. Suppose we spin a Wheel of Fortune in which the segments are labeled teachers, writers, coal miners, biologists, bus drivers,...
The Six-Month Christmas Tree
Drag a fat and pampered evergreen into your home, and you may be dealing yourself a dose of the Holiday Depression Syndrome. According to my friend and hunting buddy Seward Heaps, who is also a successful local psychologist, instances of suicides, domestic...
VIPs Take to the Woods
Pennsylvania has an innovative new way to spread the forest-stewardship message. In a state that's more than half forested--with 12 million acres in the hands of non-industrial private forest landowners--getting the word out about sound forest management...
Whitetails Are Changing Our Woodlands
One of wildlife management's great success stories is turning sour as too many deer eat their habitat away and stir the emotional juices of those who love them. "Is Bambi Hogging The Forest?" This headline from a January 1993 article in the Washington...
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