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. 3-4, March-April

Assessing Forest Ecosystem Health in the Inland West
Forest health is a condition of ecosystems that sustains their complexity while providing for human needs. Millions of western acres fail to qualify. In many forested areas of the inland western United States, trees across large landscapes are dying...
Catch the Spirit
How to capture the presence, mood, and character of trees without breaking the bank on camera gear. HOW OFTEN have you seen extraordinary trees and wished you could capture their spirit on film? And if you've photographed trees before, do you find your...
Come Back, Cool Stream
Forest health ranks ahead of logs and cows in this big-picture effort to fix a dying watershed. THE JULY EVENING had slipped dreamily over Stony Ridge, a curious formation that seems to plod granitically toward the horizon, collides with a dizzying...
From Tree Farm to Forest Farm
The reasons for and rewards from wise woodland maanagement have changed enormously over the past 50 years. HALF A CENTURY AGO woodland managers were concentrating--rather narrowly, it now seems--upon producing wood fiber alone. My recent midwinter rummaging...
Fungi Fight Maple Menace
Tiny critters from the soil are being harnessed to prevent other tiny critters from defoliating vast areas of northeastern hardwood forests. THROUGH A SPOTTING SCOPE, Dr. Margaret Skinner eyes a maple bud in the canopy 60 feet above her head. In late...
How to Pick a Nursery Tree
Follow these guidelines, and your yard tree will be all it can be. Unless you live in the northern tier of states, it's not too early to begin planning that tree-planting you've been thinking about for a while. And it may even be time to head down to...
Jesse James, Ranger
Planting trees to repair the land became a "mission" for Jesse James III, district ranger for St. Francis National Forest near Marianna, Arizona, nearly 20 years ago. He considers it to be one of his most important missions, but it isn't his only one--he...
Lockout for Bats
Cave-gating is the latest tactic in the struggle to halt declines in the numbers of two endangered "flying mice. A DIFFICULT PROBLEM needs "fairly drastic action," and Daniel Boone National Forest's John MacGregor is faced with one: Protecting the privacy...
Mission in a Burned Woods
A rainy-day ramble reveals anew the natural world's power to heal and change. A LIGHT MORNING rain tapped on my window, inviting me out for a walk. I accepted gladly. Slapping on an old felt hat, I strolled into the greening woods near my house. About...
Once upon a Century: A Magazine for the Ages, Part 2
A look at our second 50 years, and where we go from here. As described in Part 1 of this article in the last issue, American Forests magazine is now in its 100th year of continuous publication, an almost unheard-of milestone. Trying to capture, in two...
Rite of Passage
Life takes on a special clarity when you're 17, way up a tree, and everybody's watching. It looked easy enough. I would just climb up there, move along, and come on down. No problem. Still five kids in line ahead of me. But my turn was coming. Maybe...
The Living Classrooms Idea
Trees can turn kids on, and once you've got their attention, you can teach just about anything. Here's a way to get the whole package. To study only the plain, bare facts of a subject is to have far too narrow a view. Take a tree, for example: The roots,...
The Ponderosa and the Flammulated
Needed now: more data on one of the nation's most threatened forest types and a little-known bird that lives there. NEARLY EVERYONE old enough to watch TV is familiar with the debate over the endangered spotted owl and the remaining old-growth forests...
Walking off the Effects of Andrew
Hurricane survivors will be making tracks in April for a greener south Florida. Here's how you can join them. FROM HOMEOWNERS associations, government agencies, and student groups to the Sierra Club Miami chapter, Kiwanis Miami, and Citizens for Better...
What's in a Logo?
When you pulled this magazine out of your mailbox or picked it up at one of our bookstore outlets, did you notice something different about it? We've changed our cover logo--the type, style, and look of the words American Forests--replacing it with the...
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