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. 100, No. 7-8, July-August

At Home in the Belly of the Beast
Len Lankford makes private forestry work in an area dominated by public forests and the sprawl of subdivisions. WILDFIRE IS BURNING in the Wet Mountain Valley. I smell the smoke before I see it. If I were alone here, I might be glad for a good purging...
Cub Romp
Oblivious to the human emotions his kind ignite, a young griz revels in the delights of a mountain meadow. IT ALL BEGAN IN JANUARY. Six inches long. Fourteen ounces. Blind at birth. Six months later, the bundle of fur is a miniature version of North...
Green Side Up
Simple rules and simple tools for improving "treeness" where you live. MANY MILES AND YEARS AGO I stood with a tree-planting crew in a spring mist on the edge of an abandoned cow pasture. We were there to put back what generations of farmers and cattle...
Green Spires of Frederick
Thanks to Viki Seward's grassroots group, a Maryland town is realizing that its tree are as valuable as its historic steeples. This article is the first in a new series to appear in each issue of American Forests, and in our sister publication Urban...
Grizzlies on the Rebound?
The fight to protect the remnants of Ursus horribilis is picking up steam, but many roadblocks remain. THEY SNACK ON HUMAN arms, faces, and buttocks occasionally. Yet this threatened species also represents what's really worth keeping in our outback...
High Stakes, Gentle Touches
It's just possible that a growing environmental sensitivity may save the day for this company and its several thousand workers. PRE-WINTER RAMBLINGS through California's Sierra Nevadas aren't my usual routine, but here I was in November, off-road in...
Jack Ward Thomas: Tough New Top Forester
So far he is taking on harrowing professional and personal challenges in typical fashion--head-on, with dignity. The highway that leads east into La Grande, Oregon, twists through the mountains along rocky cliffs. Vast, gentle expanses of wispy amber...
National Living Classroom Spans History's Past, Future
Kids, congressmen, and military brass plant a growing memorial to Medal of Honor recipients at Arlington National Cemetery. THE NATIONAL Living Classroom, an outreach of AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous & Historic Trees program, was planted at Arlington...
Salvaging Superior Logs
A unique "logging" operation is bringing up sunken treasure in the form of virgin timber cut and lost 100 or more years ago. Paul Bunyan might have blanched at the sight: A logger diving into water rather than climbing trees, wearing webbed fins rather...
The Joyce Kilmer Forest
A wilderness memorial dedicated to the soldier-poet who left us "Trees." AT TWILIGHT the air was thin and like a knife. The sky overhead had donned a cloak of flat, drab gray, against which the ridges at the head of the valley stood bold and black....
The Woods
In the fields we may assert our independence, our control of the land. But in the woods we are trespassers in someone else's kingdom; we surrender a bit of our mastery and self will. THE WOODS, synonymous with shade, contest the sun. While fields and...
Walking for a Greener South Florida
Miami-Dade County residents rally to repair the ravages of Hurricane Andrew. ALEIDA SOCARRAS was wet. The rain had been steady, and her clothes and shoes were soggy. The coworkers she had convinced to take this Saturday walk in the rain were teasing...
Water Pollution Solution: Build a Marsh
A few towns across the country are proving that a low-tech, low-cost system of constructed marshes can turn a "disposal problem" into a resource. ALL THE WATER this planet has ever had and will ever have is now on earth--a fixed commodity that is constantly...
Wetlands & Wal-Mart
Jason Spanel, 14, loves woods and wetlands, but that's not too surprising--he has spent much of his young life learning about them from his father, Mike Spanel, a wildlife biologist for the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. What makes the...
Why Ecosystem Management?
Given a choice between life and death, I choose life. This is not as straightforward a choice as it may seem. I'm talking not about my personal life but of humanity's. We as a species seem content--even intent--on killing other individuals of our species...
Wildfire Watch
Authorities pinpoint certain western forests so stressed and vulnerable that catastrophic fires threaten this summer. With over 10 million acres of forest showing serious stress in the West, wildfire is an enormous concern everywhere. That concern heightens...
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