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. 116, No. 3, Autumn

A Bold New Mission for Arboreta Sustainability: Across the Country, Visitors to Arboreta Are Coming Face-to-Face with the Exciting Fruits of the Green Revolution
In Seattle, plant ecologist Kern Ewing leads a group of volunteers through a wetland on the windy shores of Union Bay. They're here to help restore the landscape by planting native trees, because this apparently natural environment is actually a former...
A Forest Grows in Iowa: In a Place Where Forests and Woodlands Are Rare, One Family-Run Farm Is Restoring Iowa's Original Landscape
When most people think of Iowa farmland they envision seas of corn and soybeans. But in 1964, when Leonard and Mildred Grimes traded in their city home for the cheapest swath of farmland they could find, they saw trees. Over the years, the couple...
Beetle-Born Policy
As summer dragged on this year, officials kept up efforts to stave off further damage from the bark beetles that continue to plague the nation's western forests. Many of the region's national forests have been decimated by the insects. Once the beetles...
Branching Out: New Directions for American Forests
I am delighted and honored to be serving as chair of American Forests' board of directors in 2010, a year in which we mark our 135th anniversary and start an exciting new chapter in the organization's long and rich history. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Global ReLeaf Project Profile
Pondicherry, one of the largest urban groupings in India's union territory of Puducherry, is facing a critical challenge involving water resource planning. The area receives a great deal of rainfall, and is well-watered by two rivers. However, the...
Jack Daniel's Woods, Water & Whiskey: One Prize-Winning Whiskey Is Re-Greening Its Methods and Its State
The Jack Daniel Tennessee Whiskey distillery in tiny Lynchburg, Tennessee--population "whoever happens to be on Main Street"--is modern in an old-fashioned way. And it's as green as the hills that surround it. The method of making Old Number Seven...
NY State Champion Black Maple Saved
Not long ago, the city of Marcellus, New York planned to chop down a black maple to make way for the construction of a new sidewalk and curb. We're sad to see any tree fall, especially healthy ones, but this was no ordinary black maple: It was the...
Planting Native Trees (and Wishes) in All 50 States
Living in the paradise of Maui has its benefits. The sun, the sand, the ocean, the greenery--they're all what: this Hawaiian island is known for. But if you were driving around the island late this past summer, you would have noticed a whole lot of...
Study Predicts Forest Loss
The year 2100 may still sound like something out of a futuristic sci-fi novel, but for many of our children and grandchildren, it will be a reality. And a recent study from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology suggests that this...
The Evolving View of Fire and Forest Health: The Extraordinary Impact of One Fire on Forest Management and Public Attitudes
The climb up the West Fork of Placer Creek is less like a hike than a pilgrimage. The trail, south of Wallace, Idaho, leads to a place as hallowed to the U.S. Forest Service as Gettysburg is to the U.S. Army. For decades, the verdant, reborn forest...
The Khimki Forest
Wildfires weren't the only thing threatening forests in Russia this summer. The government itself was ready to bulldoze the ancient Khimki Forest Park--despite the fact that Russia had declared the forest protected--to make room for a highway between...
The Price of (No) Oil
Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is one of the most biologically diverse regions of the Amazon rainforest. A World Biosphere Reserve, it is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, including several wildlife species that exist nowhere else in...
Touring the Trees: One Summer, Two Friends and an Adventure among the Nation's Natural Wonders
Dusk was setting in as Rudy Luna, my incredible travel partner, and I followed what could have been a deer trail through the looming coastal redwood forests of Northern California. We had just taken a bite of the cake from Alice in Wonderland, and...
Wildfire Roundup
This year we survived a summer that was a scorcher in every sense of the word. Record-breaking heat waves sparked intense wildfires around the world, with causes and contributors including excess fuels, poor forest management, and climate change. ...
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