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. 104, No. 3, Autumn

A Junk to Jobs Experiment
For former timber towns, the question is, what next? For one California community, the answer may begin with Chopsticks. A pale block of polished Douglas-fir gleams from the corner of Joyce Andersen's desk in the U.S. Forest Service Hayfork (CA) Ranger...
Bringing Calm to a Political Storm
When Jim Furnish became supervisor of Oregon's Siuslaw National Forest in 1992, he stepped straight into the eye of a political storm. Most Pacific Northwest federal timber sales had been blocked by the federal courts since 1989. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
Florida Fires Take Toll on Forests
With Florida's worst fire season in 50 years finally over, many foresters and volunteers are facing the clean-up and restoration of hundreds of thousands of acres devastated this summer. Much of the severity of the wildfires can be attributed to the...
Florida's Savvy Professor
THIS OCCASIONAL SERIES SALUTES SOME OF THOSE HELPING MAKE GLOBAL RELEAF 2000's 20-MILLION-TREES GOAL A REALITY. If you've planted trees around your house to reduce your energy costs, you have Jack Parker to thank. Parker, a long-time partner in AMERICAN...
Forests: A New View
New knowledge and an evolving conservation ethic reflect a promising future for our nation's trees. As we approach the beginning of the new millennium, a change is occurring in the science and practice of forestry. Major advances in our knowledge of...
In a Land of Water, Dwindling Trees: For Puget Sound, Dramatic Tree Loss Sparks a Call to Action
For Puget Sound, dramatic tree loss sparks a call to action. When English Captain George Vancouver sailed through the Strait of Juan la Fuca and into Washington's Puget Sound, he found a hand and seascape of snow-peaked mountains, misty islands, and,...
Private Forests: More Owners, Fewer Acres
The good news about America's private forests is that millions of people want to own and cherish them. The bad news is that, with the amount of available forestland staying essentially the same, adding millions of new owners means the average size of...
Putting the Green Back in Ireland
After years of deforestation, the Irish are planting trees. They're looking backward for reasons - and forward for answers. No country capable of growing forests has fewer of them than Ireland. While most countries struggle to manage their existing...
Saving for a Rainy Day
"Instinctively, we knew that 'paving paradise and putting up a parking lot' was a bad idea," says Gary Moll of AMERICAN FORESTS, "but now, with scientific and engineering data, we can prove it." Moll works with dozens of city and suburban officials who...
The Chesapeake
THE NATION'S LARGEST ESTUARY IS A SAGA OF BOUNTY-RICH WATERS, FORESTED SHORELINES - AND A GROWING POPULATION. THE QUESTION NOW: HOW DO WE KEEP FROM LOVING IT TO DEATH? THE FIRST IN A TWO-PART SERIES. NEXT-TIME: PUGET SOUND. The English settlement of...
Weathering El Nino: Hardest Hit and Perhaps the Most Overlooked, the World's Forests Could Feel the Effects for Generations
This year's El Nino, the periodic warming of Pacific Ocean waters that can radically alter the earth's weather patterns, has been the strongest ever recorded. It has contributed to floods, droughts, and sea surges and significantly affected fisheries...
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