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. 1-2, January-February

Atlanta's Miracle Worker
MW0080 Something in addition to the upcoming Olympics is firing up Atlanta these days. Thanks to 77-year-old naturalist John Ripley Forbes, a bit of primeval forest has been snatched from the path of the bulldozers that are destroying 30 acres of...
Decade of the Tree
TT0021 Guilt was what led me to plant my first tree. The year was 1969. Silent Spring was history, Earth Day'70 was fast approaching, and I was just settling into married life. It was my husband who suggested we buy a living tree that Christmas-I...
Horsepower Logging
OO0049 Two Belgian draft horses in full harness step into position as their handler-a bear of a man in grimy jeans, a sleeveless T-shirt, and suspenders-calls out commands: "Whoa, Ed. Back!" As the animals step back in tandem, the man loops a choker...
Land of the Pampered Plantation
TP0056 Halfway up a hillside in the Shirakami Mountains, a logger wearing a canary-yellow hardhat and kneehigh split-toed boots withdraws a machete from a cherry-bark sheath slung on his belt. After hacking the stiff grasses around a two-foot-diameter...
Loggers of the Deep
TDO0026 Water is no stranger to loggers of the Pacific Northwest. For close to a century and a half, the mystical "moist element" of Greek mythology has drifted their timber, powered their mills, washed and peeled their logs, slaked their thirst,...
Paint America Green
GA0043 The way artist Dean Fausett tells it, the story of why he is doing a series of paintings for America's Historic Forests starts back in 1769,with a tale of horror. Ask this renowned artist-whose portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower hangs in the...
Planting Yesterday in Tomorrow's Citizens
IT0037 What's a Historic Forest? Well, let's take a walk around and find out. Here's the visitor's center, but it's such a nice day, maybe you and the kids would rather stay outdoors for a while. How bout a stroll on a nature trail? Let's see if...
The Can't-Win Catalpa
WC0034 A scraggly, broken tree clings to life near the entrance to the midway at the Iowa state fair. Generations of August revelers have trampled the soil at the tree's base and littered the canopy's dripline with Popsicle sticks and paper cups....
The Moral Imperatives of John Sinclair
IOJ0030 Maine woodsman John Sinclair is celebrating. For a half century, he represented others' viewpoints on forest issues. Recently, he resigned all professional connections to be able finally to speak for himself. "I feel like a free man"' he says...
The Seed Gatherers
EA0039 "Can you help us by collecting acorns from the Helen Keller Oak?" Speaking is Susan Fisher, volunteer coordinator for The Classic Tree Nursery, a nationally known company that is growing trees for America's Historic Forests. The nursery...
Trees That Heal (and Don't)
HA0008 Of the 750 native and naturalized species cataloged in the Check List of United States Trees (1979), only a relative handful truly possess medicinal powers. But a longtime interest in the subject convinces me that at least 300 species have...
Urban Open Space: Color It Valuable
SC0061 To many people, the phrase urban open space is a contradiction in terms. Mention city and they envision back-to-back skyscrapers and rowhouses. To those people, urban open space means vacant lots, areas that detract from rather than add to...
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