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. 115, No. 1, Spring

120-Year-Old Live Oak Spared
"I am amazed to see the number of people who will stand up for a tree," said Kelli Peltier, neighbor to an ancient live oak standing alongside state highway 90 (the Old Spanish Trail) near New Iberia, Louisiana. New Iberia, situated along Bayou Teche,...
A Celebration of America's Wild Forests: A Selection of Four Seasons from the Book Trees & Forests of America
Ever since I first picked up a camera and pen and headed out into the wilds, my personal mission has been to convey critical messages about the natural world to as many people as possible. Through my photographs and writings, I seek to encourage a...
American Forests: A Truly Eco-Friendly Magazine
When I tell people that I work for American Forests magazine, I get some interesting reactions. Some of my less-informed acquaintances will smirk and say, "A magazine? For an organization that is against cutting down trees? Isn't that just a little...
A New Era of Responsibility: Tree and Forest Policies in the Obama Administration
In times of economic stress or military mobilization, conservation issues traditionally take a backseat to popular anxieties over job preservation, national insecurity, and easy access to natural-resource commodities. The U.S. conservation community...
A United Front: As the Nation Faces a Variety of Problems, We Look for Solutions That Address the Whole, Instead of Its Independent Parts
It may be that every new President promises to transform government, but from the last few months it appears that President Obama is actually keeping to that promise (Dawson, p. 9). In a recent interview, the President admitted that he was dealing...
Econfina Creek: A Decade Later, a Global ReLeaf Forest Is Thriving
As I descended a sandy hill of open piney woods, two deer crashed into the thick hardwood forest before me, almost seeming to escort me to Econfina Creek. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I heard the swift Florida Panhandle stream before I saw it. Numerous...
Reinventing How We Do Infrastruture: Restoring Nature While Remaking Human Systems
I in the fall of 2006, AMERICAN FORESTS called for a new framework to reverse decades of environmental decline caused by poorly coordinated webs of roads, sea lanes, and power grids. We have since reported on new approaches to planning and development...
Smart Choices for the Environment
This year marks the anniversary of the smart fortwo, the most fuel efficient non-hybrid vehicle in the US. In celebration of this first year anniversary in the United States, smart USA will plant a tree in honor of every vehicle sold in 2008. In partnership...
Tree Doctor
Trees for Hoquiam Q: I live in the 98550 zip code area and have several acres where weak trees were blown over this winter because the land was very wet and the winds very strong. However, the soil also has clay and can get fairly dry in the summer...
VIP of Champion Trees: A Look at the Most Successful Big Tree Hunter in the National Register
Some people just seem born to fill a particular niche. John F Kennedy was a born leader of people. Peyton Manning was destined to play quarterback. For the chore and challenge of seeking out new big trees, Robert Van Pelt is The Man. Van Pelt has the...
Walden in the Woods (and Onstage)
"To affect the quality of the day that is the highest of arts" - Henry David Thoreau A new film, set in the most famous woods in literary history, is coming to public television, movie theaters, public radio, DVD, schools across North America, and...
Washington Outlook
While the inauguration of President Barack Obama brought great excitement and a renewed sense of hope to much of the nation, the new President quickly stepped into a maelstrom of economic issues dominating the nation's attention and policy discussion....
Where Money Grows on Trees: How Communities across the Country Are Using Trees to Put a Little More Green in the Ground and in Their Pockets
If you think money doesn't grow on trees, visit Sacramento, California. Or Tucson, Arizona. Or Waverly, Iowa. These cities are among the dozens nationwide planting shade trees that are saving homeowners hard-earned cash by reducing their electricity...
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