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. 98, No. 11-12, November-December

Fire in the Oaks
In the Midwest, the Smokey Bear mentality is grudgingly giving way to a system of planned burns that has woodland managers all fired up. On a breezy morning back in 1989, four men approached a three-acre oak/hickory grove at Iowa's Indian Creek Nature...
Global ReLeaf Joins Disaster Effort
Fund pitches in to re-root community pride. "It was the trees that so many people spoke of... The people of Homestead sometimes stopped, mid-conversation, and remarked on a pine tree that had grown with them, an acacia that was a benchmark for their...
Heritage Forests: Healing the Earth with Trees
Approaching the million-tree mark, this growing program is bringing new life to damaged lands and convincing people young and old that they can make a difference. It is but a small seedling nestled among hundreds of other seedlings in an area once considered...
Rainforest at Risk
In energy-hungry Costa Rica, a series of new dams means power, but at enormous cost to the land and some of its people. The luxurious forest that cradles Costa Rica's Pacuare River grows on slopes so steep and sweeping that squatters, loggers, and banana,...
Recycling the Urban Forest
Following the rural forest's example, people and cities are beginning to take the "waste" out of "yard waste" by putting yard trimmings back into the urban forest ecosystem. CONSIDER, for example, the pride that the homeowner takes in the lawn he maintains...
RNAs: Lands Left Alone
You'll probably never visit one, but the 260 Research Natural Areas across the country are investments in our future. Within our National Forest System--from Alaska to Puerto Rico--lie some 260 protected ecosystems. Designated as Research Natural Areas...
Teaching with Trees
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Ask school teachers why they put in unimaginably long hours for so little money, and often you'll get a blank stare. "Sometimes we forget why," says Pedro "Pete" Alaniz, now...
The Biggest Sugar Maple
This ancient New Englander maintains its venerable demeanor despite bugs, lightning, and "roadkill." "Stick to the maple and so long as the maple forests stand, suffer not your cup to be sweetened by the blood of slaves!" Thus did an 1844 Vermont almanac...
The Changing Science of Forest Health
Researchers, land managers, and lawmakers are building a synergy to more efficiently address tough questions about our "unraveling" western forests. In many western states, forest health is an immediate and growing concern to land managers and to people...
The Gettysburg Sycamores
Survivors of an epic battle, witnesses to an impassioned speech, this trio is today providing seeds for the future. Visitors to Gettysburg, making their way up bustling Baltimore Street on a hot summer day, may breathe a sigh of gratitude for the shade...
The Last Stand Last Chance?
Sometime around 1885, near Hoyer Coulee just outside West Salem, Wisconsin, a farmer named Martin Hicks planted nine American chestnuts. Hicks had come to Wisconsin from the East, possibly Pennsylvania, and apparently appreciated the tree's value (see...
The Species You Save May Be Your Own
We humans are crowding other creatures off this planet at the rate of one a day--at inestimable risk to our own future. For centuries the sharp bite of late autumn prodded grizzly bears of the Great Plains up the spires of the Rocky Mountain front....
The Well-Appointed Woodcutter
Here's a closeup look at the cream of the new crop of chainsaws, pole pruners, and safety wear. It wasn't long ago that a woodcutter's equipment and apparel were purely utilitarian; except for color, all chainsaws looked pretty much alike and headgear...
Tree in a Coma
Once king of the eastern forests, the American chestnut is today little more than a blighted relic. But a team of champions is working to revive it--and there is real hope. At first glance it doesn't look like much at all--just another thin sprout springing...
Tree of Life
An ancient beech bridges the widening gulf between boyhood and mandreams. I grew up in the woods behind the house of my childhood, a 50-acre sprawl of wildness firmly situated within the city limits of High Point, North Carolina. Anyone could tell you...
What's in a Name?
Following a lengthy study by our long-range planning committee, the Board of Directors voted last spring to change the name of the American Forestry Association. Without changing our official documents or legal name, we decided we would henceforth call...
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