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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. 5-6, May-June

Alive!
Spring comes grudgingly to the rumpled ridges and timbered valleys of the American West. But often it comes with a rush and a roar, a spate of warm days unlocking winter's relentless grip and sending torrents of smowmelt plunging down to turn rivers...
American Forestry Association 1990 Annual Report
1990 was a unique, challenging year for the American Forestry Association. AFA's voice was heard in a variety of settings from Limon, Colorado, to Mettmann, Germany, from the President of the United States to a Hungarian environmentalist. AFA was...
Developers Can Wear White Hats
They say they're mad as hell, and they're not gonna take it any more. A small but vocal minority of land developers vow they're through dodging rotten tomatoes and lynch mobs. They're shucking the black hats and turning over a new leaf. They're...
Fighting for the National Forests
AFA was there at their birth, nurtured them for 100 years, and plans to continue to stand fast as their champion. Less clear is the association's relationship with the Forest Service. One of the better kept secrets of environmental history is that...
Forests of the Mind
Through the mists of an Oregon valley stalk deities that speak wordlessly of humanity's primeval love-hate relationship with wilderness. They are like trophies, those big Doug-fir logs mounted on semitrailers rumbling down the Cascade slopes, headed...
Green Island in the Sky
Lush amid spectacular brown canyonlands, the Kaibab plateau is the site of a little-known story of wonderfully successful forest and wildlife management. The Kaibab National Forest's northern division, located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon,...
Leopold on Wilderness
an invitation from the Oberlaender Trust of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation for an all-expenses-paid trip to Germany and other central European countries to study forestry and game management. The Germans had been practicing these arts for centuries...
Life Imitates Art
Profiles of people who make a difference for trees and forests Back in 1975, Walter Fauerso of Richmond, California, read the famed Jean Giono tale, The Man Who Planted Trees, and began daydreaming about becoming a Johnny Appleseed. "But if you...
National Forests, National Identity
As we celebrate a landmark year for these great American proving grounds, it is well to look thoughtfully behind so that we may see more clearly ahead. Imagine what the United States would be like without its great forests, without the tree-covered...
Northeastern Woodlands: Hanging in and Stocking Up
Despite the nation's most intensive people pressures and land development, these forests are gaining in both acres and volume. The woodlands of the northeastern U.S. have a checkered history. Our pioneering forefathers cleared this vast wilderness--from...
Retooling the Tongass
To U.S. planners, the idea of "colonizing" Alaska's southeast panhandle following World War II sounded appealing. The Japanese had, after all, forcibly occupied parts of the nearby Aleutian chain. And with that aggression came a geopolitical imperative...
Saga of the Reluctant Woodcutter
Our hero discovers that one does not take lightly the garb one wears while wielding a chainsaw. Though theories may differ, I have always felt hoarding is a primitive instinct rather than learned behavior. Hidden in the genetic composition of all...
Sugar
It's hard to accept the decline of a much-loved backyard centerpiece. * As we were preparing this article for publication, Grace Goodwin of Big Bend, Wisconsin, wrote to tell us that she is mourning a husband as well as a tree. She graciously shared...
The Biggest Coffeetree
This double-trunked national champion won't produce a "premium blend," but it will give you an extract that'll poison flies. When Daniel Boone convinced the first pioneers to follow his Wilderness Trail into Kentucky, he neglected to tell them there...
Vision for the '90S: Responsible, Shared Use
We are in the midst of our generation's version of the classic struggle over the uses of public lands. Elements of the struggle are the same as they were when John Muir and Gifford Pinchot squared off in decades past. But today's fight has one unique...
Wilderness
To an American conservationist, one of the most insistent impressions received from travel in Germany is the lack of wildness in the German landscape. Forests are there--interminable miles of them, spires of spruce on the skyline, glowering thickets...
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