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. 106, No. 1, Spring

A Capital Crisis
This spring tourists will flock to Washington, DC's Tidal Basin for the ritual viewing of its famous cherry blossoms. But few will guess the nation's capital is an urban forest in crisis. Recent studies paint a sobering picture. AMERICAN FORESTS'...
American Forests First-Ever Big Tree Photo Contest
What made these pictures winners? A combination of creativity, setting, composition, and style, according to our panel of distinguished judges--Big Tree photographer Albin Dearing, Washington Post photographer Michael Williamson, AMERICAN FORESTS Big...
A PARTNERSHIP of CARING
Deborah Gangloff Executive Director, AMERICAN FORESTS The year 2000 marks a very special year for the National Register of Dig Trees. Not only does this 2000 edition coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Register, hot it is also the 10-year...
A Register RETROSPECTIVE
SIXTY YEARS, THOUSANDS OF TREES, MILLIONS OF MEMORIES. I guess you could call it a "bus man's holiday." After years of involvement in AMERICAN FORESTS' National Register of Big Trees, there I was on vacation last August with friends and family,...
Ask the Tree Doctor
Don't know when to prune? Curious about lobed leaves? Have no fear--the Tree Doctor is here. Q: My city wants to pave our street and cut dawn three large trees "in the way." I don't want them to cut down the trees, which may be between 50 and 75...
A STARS Star ATTRACTION
FOR CLINT EASTWOOD, CARMEL REPRESENTS ROOTS, FOND MEMORIES, A PROTECTED PAST, AND NOW, A CHAMPION AMONG TREES: THE BLUEGUM EUCALYPTUS What comes to mind when you think of Clint Eastwood? Dirty Harry, probably. Maybe a scene from "Play Misty for...
Celebrating the Sycamore
Popular and distinctive for their multicolored, patchwork bark, sycamores--and their relatives, the planetrees--are widely used as shade trees in residential yards and public settings in many areas of the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia Minor,...
Champ on the Move
They're planning a new arts center for Purdue University and from all accounts it sounds like a pretty impressive place. But we're even more impressed by what's happening there before construction begins. Rather than destroy the national co-champion...
Commuters Slither Home
They call it Snake Road, a gravel lane through southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest, where each spring and fall automobile traffic is prohibited to ensure the safe passage of timber rattlers, water moccasins, and copperheads. The two-and-a-half...
Crowning CHAMPIONS for a New Age
NEW CHAMPS SOAR, FLORIDA SCORES, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES EMERGES, AND FROM CALIFORNIA; REAL STAR POWER. STORY & PHOTOS I write this article in late 1999 with full confidence that the National Register of Big Trees--and the big trees themselves--will...
Curbing Deer, Saving Forests
A unique management plan that adds hunters yields better forest and a spirit of cooperation. The deer bologna must have been a yard long. Three hunters and their families brought it to us shortly after Christmas, a thank you for the numerous bucks...
Europe's Trees Battered
It should have been a regular trip. But when Parisian train conductor Jean Michel Gauthier felt his train shaking furiously as it made its way along the tracks, he knew right away "something big was happening." "I had to stop because I saw roofs...
Flowing from Forests to Faucets
CITIES ARE TAPPING INTO A NEW REALITY: THEIR WATER IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE WATERSHED THAT PRODUCES IT. Rivers are moving monitors. As they spring out of alpine meadows, spilling down tree-covered slopes toward the sea, they gauge the health of the...
HOW to NOMINATE A CHAMPION
HOW TO NOMINATE A POTENTIAL CHAMP For each nomination AMERICAN FORESTS needs the following information: 1 Correct name of the species or variety (only U.S. native and naturalized species are eligible). If you need help with identification, call...
In Search of Old-Growth Giants
TOWERING, MASSIVE, ANCIENT. GET READY FOR SOME REALLY BIG TREES. "Where are the big trees?" the passing hiker asked. We were about 4 miles up the Caldwell Fork Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park en route to the national champion northern...
Letters
FAMILY FORESTS: MORE IDEAS editor: As a family forest owner in California, I read the Winter 2000 issue with great interest. But I wonder about the considerable amount of whining in Jane Braxton Little's article ("Family Forests: Loving Care, Heavy...
Sizing Up the EAST
IN WHICH WE PULL DESERVING BEHEMOTHS FROM THE SHADOW OF THEIR WESTERN COUNTERPARTS AND GIVE THEM THEIR DUE. I suspect that when Mother Nature passed out the genes and growing conditions for size and longevity, she expressed an inordinate fondness...
THE NATIONAL REGISTER of BIG TREES 2000-01
FROM THE BIG TREE COORDINATOR It is my pleasure to bring you this year's list of national champion trees. The year 2000 marks not only the 60th anniversary of the National Register of Big Trees, but also my first as coordinator of the Big Tree program....
The Tree with No Name
Mark Bays says he's just doing his job. But saving Oklahoma City's Survivor Tree is no everyday matter. We've all seen them: the nameless trees that populate parking lots and strip medians. But sometimes circumstances transform anonymous trees...
Washington Outlook
As we enter our 125th year of tree and forest advocacy, AMERICAN FORESTS introduces a national policy agenda for ecosystem restoration and maintenance. The agenda, which presents core values and goals to guide our policy activities, will evolve as...
Welcome to 'The Show'
For trees, there's only one version of the Major Leagues. Grab a scorecard and enjoy. In baseball they call the Major Leagues "The Show," and for the players, it's a chance to strut their stuff for the world to see. In the spring we have our own...
WITNESS to History
ACTOR JAMES WHITMORE SPEAKS UP FOR A NEW DOCUMENTARY--AND FOR AMERICA'S HISTORIC TREES. As a camera crew deftly manipulates a 20-foot-long camera lens, actor James Whitmore adjusts his shirt and checks his lines on the TelePrompTer. He is a bonus...
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