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. 107, No. 3, Autumn

An Olympic Effort for Sarajevo. (Clippings)
Thanks to an anonymous 25,000-tree pledge, contributions to AMERICAN FORESTS' Global Releaf Sarajevo tree-planting campaign will be doubled, tree-for-tree through October 1. AMERICAN FORESTS' goal is to double the pledge so that 50,000 trees can be...
Bringing Back the Forest
For about 60 years, Smokey Bear has warned the American public that fire is bad. But scientists say it's time to stop attributing human values to wildfire. Here are some of the interesting facts researchers have found out in the 70 years since the...
Digging out of a Tree Deficit: Changing a City from Gray Back to Green Requires Computer Savvy, High-Tech Pictures, and Local Action
When Sheila Hogan wants to tell the story of the decline of trees in Washington, DC, she stops talking and starts showing old black and white photos. The glossies, taken in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, show the city's main arteries like K Street and East...
Fashioning Beauty amid Chaos: A Baltimore Native Uses a Mosaic of Different Projects to Improve His Hometown's Urban Environment. (Earthkeepers)
Mosaic isn't just the way Bryant Smith expresses himself artistically, it's a metaphor for the way he approaches urban forestry. Just as he brings together disparate pieces--blue tiles, broken pottery, bits of mirror--to form one big picture, so too...
Fungus Imperils Port-Orford Cedar. (Clippings)
If you're hiking or hiking in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest or California's Klamath National Forest during the rainy season, you'll need to hose down those muddy boots and tires as you move from site to site-you may even have to avoid some trails...
Kids Count: One, Two, Tree. (Clippings)
"The local public works department is very excited about the work we have done and would like to see it expanded," says Lyn Malone, whose 8th grade world geography class in Barrington, Rhode Island, recently completed an analysis of the school's tree...
Letterman Gets Treed. (Clippings)
David Letterman comfortably quips with movie stars, musicians, and politicians but conversing with AMERICAN FORESTS' Jeff Meyer challenged the veteran comedian. "How are trees generally in the world?" Letterman opened, as strains of The Beatles'...
Letters
A SONG IN THE WOODS editor: I was delighted to read the article on how opera star Ara Berberian wants to protect his 20 acres of forest near Detroit ["Oratorio of an Oxygen Farmer," Summer 2001]. That he welcomes people walking on his land, even...
My Most Exciting Experience as a Forest Ranger. (Surrounded by Forest Fire)
My Most Exciting Experience as a Forest Ranger -- By E.C. Pulaski Winner of the First Prize in the Ranger Story Contest, American Forestry, August 1923 During the summer of 1910 forest fires were everywhere in the Couer d'Alene Mountains of northern...
Tales from the Tiger Front: Sergei Ganzei Is American Forests' Local Contact for Tree Planting in Russia. with Help from Field Rep Zane Smith, Here's an Update on This Ongoing Global ReLeaf Project. (Communities)
American Forests: How many tigers remain in the wild? Has that number changed recently? Do you see any trends connected with this? Dr. Ganzei: The total number of Siberian tigers in 1996 was calculated at between 415 and 476. For the last 100 years...
The Patriarch of the Plains: Cottonwoods, Long a Sign of Water amid Dry Grasses, Are Struggling to Survive. (Restoring)
Frontiersmen crossing the plains during the early 1800s had their own vision of heaven: the soft green crowns of cottonwoods rising above the yellow sweep of sun-parched grass in a land where rain was scarce and potable water scarcer. A lone cottonwood...
The Tasty Pecan. (in Profile)
Whether you pronounce it "pih KAHN" or prefer "PEE kan" the pecan tree (Carya illinoensis) is about as American as a tree can get. Archeological evidence shows native Americans in the area of Texas used pecans more than 8,000 years ago. The name comes...
The Tree That Marked a Piece of Our Past
"I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there and not within walls. I know every stream...
The Wrap on Wildfire. (Clippings)
As the 2001 wildfire season moved toward its close, firefighters were battling blazes, closely following weather predictions, and mourning the loss of four people in a Washington blaze (see Transitions). "The threat of wildfire will continue through...
Trees on the Balance Sheet: Worried about Your Portfolio? Here's a Hot Investment Tip to Keep You Cool and Increase Your Earnings. (Editorial)
It doesn't take a financial wizard to recognize that the stock market has not been a good bet lately. While we are not traditional investment managers, AMERICAN FORESTS has a hot tip for increasing your earnings. It isn't a blue chip stock or dot com...
Vets Get Leafy Salute. (Clippings)
More than 2,000 Dwight D. Eisenhower Green Ash trees now majestically stand in communities across the United States in honor of the men and women who bravely served their country during World War II. The trees were planted this spring as part Operation...
Washington Outlook
Congress was moving on two important forestry fronts as its August recess began: annual appropriations for federal forestry programs and the 2002 Form Bill. Both hold prospects for funding and legislative priorities on which AMERICAN FORESTS and many...
Year of the Fires
Rockfall clogs the entry. Seepage through the loose rubble feeds a wild growth of mosses, bracken, woody saplings, and long-tendriled flowers. The West Fork of Placer Creek splashes a few feet below. This is not an easy place to find. The midsummer...
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