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. 111, No. 3, Autumn

A Greener Vision of Uganda: The Slogan for American-Born Catherine Watson's Newspaper Could Be "All the News That Fits to Plant."
In a continent riveted in war and besieged with AIDs kneels a woman, planting trees. She has captivated the hearts of Ugandans, who have her to thank for the largest tree-growing effort in their country. But 49-year-old Catherine Watson has done more...
A Race to Reclaim Forests: Timber-Managed Land Is Up for Sale, and Forest Communities Are Scrambling to Maintain Pristine Environments and Their Way of Life
Balanced on a log suspended over a glacial pothole, Anne Dahl is searching the foot-deep water for endangered howellia and their delicate white florets no bigger than her baby finger. A red-naped sapsucker lands in an aspen above her, poking its head...
Campus Craze
Students at Minnesota's Winona State University need to be on their toes about the trees that grace their Winona campus. At least when senior groundskeeper and horticulturist--and now published author--Bill Meyer is around. Spend time with Meyer...
Getting along in the Woods: "Cooperative Conservation" Is in the Air-And Not a Moment Too Soon
During the summer the White House sponsored a first-time-ever conference on Cooperative Conservation. Participants from the public and private sectors gathered to hear about successful examples of partnerships and, more importantly, to offer ideas...
Help for Gulf Coast Trees
At the request of tree groups affected by Hurricane Katrina, AMERICAN FORESTS has launched a Katrina ReLeaf Fund to provide money for local communities to restore their tree canopy when conditions permit. The effort is being undertaken with a host...
New Currency for Conservation: How Do You Protect the Services Nature Provides While Still Encouraging Economic Growth?
Despite all our technological advances, humans are ultimately sustained by the marvelous workings of nature. The conservation movement has been founded on the struggle to manage industrial progress without destroying the systems that have allowed the...
No Silver Lining
Scientists have long recognized that trees require calcium for healthy growth. More recently they have speculated that acid rain robs trees of this vital nutrient by leaching it from the soil and by mobilizing aluminum, which interferes with calcium...
Nuturing Native Lands: Restoring the Forests of the NiMiiPuu Tribe
Along a sloping hillside in north-central Idaho, one-year-old ponderosa pine seedlings soaked up sunlight and spread their roots. The Nez Perce, or NiMiiPuu, tribe, which owns the land, planted the trees in 2002 with visions of the water quality and...
Outdoors in the Carolinas' Growing Piedmont: Charlotte's Green Ways
It was 1799, and in the midst of the rolling hills of the Piedmont, 12-year-old Conrad Reed found a 17-pound nugget in a stream on his father's farm. The family used it as a doorstop for three years until a jeweler recognized the value of what was...
Remembering Bob Skiera
Urban tree fans everywhere are mourning the passing of Bob Skiera, 73, a legendary urban forester who served as Milwaukee's city forester for 17 years and converted many to the cause of urban trees with his sense of humor and innate ability to connect...
Setting a New Industry Standard with Quality Vegetation Management[TM]
The vegetation management industry has always struggled with an image problem, fueled by misinformed community and news groups that don't fully understand the science of herbicides and the benefits they can provide. We must set a new industry standard...
Update on Spirit Trees
Those interested in the culturally rich and visually captivating trees of the Virgin Islands will want to check out the developing USVI Register of Big Trees, now online at www.bigtrees.net. The USVI Register of Big Trees is sponsored by the University...
Washington Outlook
Every five years or so, a lot of folks in Washington, DC, and around the country gear up to engage in the Farm Bill debate. This debate historically has dealt with policies and programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support...
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