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. 109, No. 3, Autumn

A Century of Public Forestry Training
A century ago, 13 men crossed Little Antietam Creek to Mont Alto in the Appalachian Mountains 60 miles southwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Each brought six sets of underwear, formal dinner attire, and a horse. As the first class of foresters at...
A Prince Plants Trees: Prince Albert Announced That Proceeds from His 2002 Monte Carlo Invitational-Pro Celebrity Golf Tournament Would Go to Honor the 9-11 Victims
H.S.H. Crown Prince Albert of Monaco will join AMERICAN FORESTS in planting and caring fur trees to remember the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York City. The Living Memorial Tree Foundation (LMTF), which was established under Prince Albert's...
Building a Better Tree: When the Goal Is Creating Tougher Trees for Urban Areas It Means Focusing on More Than Just Parentage
Are living things a product of their genetic make-up or of the environment? The answer is both. When it comes to making it in the world of trees, who you are is no more important than where you come from. This is the second of a two-part series...
Elm-Entary Evolution
A group of saplings growing in an Ohio meadow represent what researchers hope will be a brighter future for America's beloved but almost vanished American elm. Researchers in Ohio are clustering seedlings grown from the few, scattered trees that...
Live Oak: The Ultimate Southerner
To think of live oaks is to envision the deep South. Over the years, the spreading branches of Quercus virginiana have symbolized southern culture in movies from Gone with the Wind to Forrest Gump. A long-lived tree with a life measured in centuries,...
Mapping the Big Trees: A Bulldozed Beauty Prompts a Program Aimed at Protecting Water Quality by Preserving Arboreal Treasures
It was the diesel cough or a bulldozer headed for a potential state champion that motivated a group of New Jersey conservationists to look to the sky for help ill saving forest giants threatened by development. The Garden State's Big Tree Water...
Mayors Want Trees
The following resolution was adopted at the 71st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Denver: PROMOTING THE PRESERVATION AND CREATION OF URBAN FORESTS WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors is working with the USDA Forest Service...
Melding Hope and High Tech: This New Jersey Nonprofit Has Built a Reputation for Turning High-Risk Youth into Highly Skilled Employees
Although the weekend moving company job left him plenty of time for schoolwork and skateboarding, Frank Castillo didn't want to load and unload trucks forever. When a friend told the 16-year old Camden, New Jersey, resident about Hopeworks' website...
Place of Refreshing Waters: Heed the Cry, "Remember the Alamo!" but If You're in San Antonio, Don't Forget These Gems Too
Best known for the Alamo and the River Walk or "Paseo del Rio" (which are neck-in-neck for the honor of Texas' most visited sites), San Antonio offers a staggering number of sites for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Attendees at AMERICAN FORESTS'...
Putting Trees on the Payroll: Here's a Greener Way to Clean Up Air and Water While Putting Your City's Books in the Black
Urban forests--the trees and related resources where people live, work, and play--are as old as civilization. People have long appreciated their unique benefits: cooling shade and soothing green. Since 1970, the science and practice of urban forestry...
Remembering 9-11
In keeping with its long history of planting memorial groves, AMERICAN FORESTS will supply the trees for the planned Pentagon Memorial Park. The park, which remembers the 184 men, women, and children who died there on 9-11, will feature 184 memorial...
San Antonio: Restoring the Urban Oasis; This Southwestern Jewel, Called the Venice of the U.S., Shimmers with Natural Beauty, Culture, and Economic Opportunities. but Development and Tree Loss Usually Go Hand in Hand. Here's How One City Is Gathering the Tools to Change That Scenario
One thousand years before Spanish settlers invoked Saint Anthony from faraway Padua to name their new mission site, the native Payapa people called it simply Yanaguana, or "place of refreshing waters." With dozens of springs and streams still emerging...
Saving the Spirit Trees: By Cataloging the Virgin Islands' "Remarkable" Trees, a University Professor Hopes to Save Its Wealth of Stories about Ancestral Shrines and Jumbie Trees-And Create a Link between Environmentalism and the Islands' Cultural History
There are spirits in the baobab tree. Many older residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands know this to be true. Look at its trunk, massive and columnar and reaching towards the sky, its branches like interlaced fingers. When all the world was made, the...
Tree Doctor
Q. I'm trying to find out the best time to prune pine trees but am getting varying and conflicting advice. Is it when the trees are dormant and sap isn't flowing, when they're in active growth so the wounds can heal, or in spring during the transition...
Washington Outlook
Congress left town for its summer recess after taking two actions that set the stage for an eventful---and intensely political--fall when members return to debate forest policy issues. The Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the "Healthy...