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. 97, No. 3-4, March-April

A Tree for the Killing
O8 The scene: A landmark live oak looms out of the rich earth of southwestern Alabama, surrounded by wood chips, barely alive, but still standing tall. The vandal: unknown. The grief: voiced by Max Foreman, a county commissioner, "This was a helpless...
Ecotourism: New Hope for Rainforests?
Meet Don Pedro, citizen of the Costa Rican village of Puerto Rios. Machete in hand, rubber boots on his feet, this stocky man is the very model of the modern peasant farmer, a man who might cut down an acre or so of this region's lowland rainforest...
Face to Face on Old-Growth: Views and Viewpoints on Important Forest Trends and Events
You don't jump into controversy without becoming controversial," was the way one observer evaluated the public response to AFA's stand on old-growth forest management. That his observation is correct is borne out by excerpts from AFA's mailbag. ...
High-Tech Travel Planning
Just when you thought you had discovered every possible use for your computer, a new one pops up-travel planning. Want to go skiing? Spelunking? Biking in Europe? Or how about a nice wine-tasting train ride? Your computer can tell you where, when,...
How to Take Creative Forest Photos
Joyce Kilmer wrote, "I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree. . . " Perhaps he should have taken up photography. With the right approach, and regardless of equipment, photography can come close to matching the beauty and emotions one...
Let Rover Tote It
When I was young, I guided hikers through Rocky Mountain forests. Some peaks and wilderness lakes seemed much harder to reach then than the same destinations seem today, 25 years later. Am I stronger now? No. Today I hike with help-physical and...
Mr. Sign Hill
Alphonse Seubert has a dream. Thirty-three years ago Al Seubert began planting trees on a bald, bone-dry hill in South San Francisco. Today, at 74, he's planted more than 25,000 seedlings and seen many of them die from fire and vandalism. But he's...
Pay to Play: A Rationale for User Fees
1987 ice storm in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia sent thousands of trees crashing down across some of the East's most popular hiking trails. It took years to clear what "looked like a war zone," says Nantahala National Forest district...
Quiet Places
When Theodore Roosevelt was 25, he was summoned home on February 13, 1884. At three the next morning, his mother died. Thirteen hours later and one floor downstairs, his wife died in his arms just one day after giving birth to their baby. A grief-stricken...
The Amazing Recovery of Mt. St. Helens
The early airwaves from across the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, delivered a mildly warming wake-up brew of western and country music. I turned off Washington's Interstate 5 at Woodland and headed eastward toward the spine of the Cascades. ...
The Family Hike
Think of why you go into the woods. For the quiet? To contemplate beauty? withdraw from the overstimulation of the city? Then don't expect your kids to enjoy it. Those admirable incentives are exactly what your average small person would do anything...
The Finest Fungus among Us - and How to Find It
They are secretive folks who travel silent woodland paths alone. Their eyesight is reputed to rival that of the soaring hawk. In early spring, they venture into forests and woodlots to check on emerging poplar and oak leaves. They search the countryside...
The Future of Fun
We strong emphasis on customer satisfaction," says Gary U.S. Forest Service's assistant director of marketing and Customers? Marketing? Whatever happened to visitors and Smokey the Bear's decidedly nonprofit exhortations This is what happened: America...
The Playwright Who Planted Trees
Arthur Miller is best known for Death of a Salesman and his much-publicized marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Few know that he is perhaps the only writer to be blacklisted by McCarthy and the Soviet Union. Fewer still know that the Pulitzer Prize winning...
Tough Choices in Old Forests
In the furor over AFA's position on old-growth forests, perhaps the most difficult issue to address is the charge that conservationists are insensitive to the needs of the people most directly affected. In this case, that means the people involved...
Urban Green and Cold Cash
Sooner or later all whom tree huggers are challenged to place a dollar value on trees. In selfdefense, they may stutter back something like, "Trees are more than just amenities. They increase the value of real estate, cleanse they city's air and water,...
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