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. 100, No. 5-6, May-June

Base Instinct: DoD and the Woods of Home
A new program is helping the military to protect and defend wading birds, woodpeckers, rare plants, and other resources. The Department of Defense as stewards of the land? The idea that an organization known for the juggernaut-like prowess of its heavy...
Building an Urban Forest from Scratch
A military base becomes a living lab for a study of the cooling, humanizing power of trees. THE TEMPERATURE was 107 degrees. Bob Skiera and his two companions mopped their faces as they trudged the shadeless sidewalks of a military base in the Arizona...
Cinchona Hunter
IN THE LAST ISSUE, we featured Henry Kernan's story, "From Tree Farm To Forest Farm," on the pleasures and rewards he finds in the ownership of a thousand acres of woodlands along the Charlotte River in upstate New York. That story, we have since discovered,...
Following the Mapmaker
A maverick geographer with a holistic vision is helping the Forest Service and its fellow agencies figure out ecosystems. BIG CHANGES are afoot at the U.S. Forest Service. One reason is that the agency is listening to a mild-mannered mapmaker named...
It's Time to Reform ESA
There is probably no hotter topic on the environmental scene today than the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and its implementation. The act, which prohibits the "taking" of species found to be threatened or endangered, seldom runs into fire on the basis...
Pavlov's Trout
"Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." HENRY DAVID THOREAU A lot of fishermen these days say things like, "Oh, I don't care if I catch fish, just so long as I can be out there in nature." Or, "I just...
Teach a Child to Wonder
Patience, curiosity, and the lush laboratory of a suburban backyard have captivated three generations of this family. I had always dreamed of living on a farm, where I could be as close to nature as possible, but my wife Lonita, an Atlanta girl, found...
The Biggest Sassafras
So maybe this tree can't cure what ails you, but the largest of its kind sure turns on tree lovers. In 1603 the merchants of Bristol, England, sent two ships to the New World to fill their cargo holds with a treasure. This venture was not a risky hunt...
The Deluge of '93: Litmus Test for Floodplain Forests
A look at the known, suspected, and political aftershocks of last summer's millennial maelstrom in the Midwest. Go ahead and pencil it into the history books. The Great Midwestern Flood of 1993 will be remembered as one of America's most devastating...
The Ecosystem Thinking of Mollie Hanna Beattie
A forester by training, she directs the Fish and Wildlife Service, while over at the Forest Service a wildlife biologist is chief. With true ecosystem management, Beattie says, "We are now all interchangeable." The new director of the U.S. Fish and...
The Great Airtanker Debacle
The "flight plan" seemed simple: To update an aging airtanker fleet used for firefighting, the Forest Service encouraged some of its contract private airtanker operators to swap their older planes for newer, government excess models through a little-known...
Tough Little Trees on the Fringe
You can't help but love these gnomic creatures striving to survive at the limits of their natural range. The last place I expected to meet a yellow birch that August afternoon was near the windy summit of Picket-on-a-Reef, a cusp of ancient gray rock...
Tree Therapy
It started with a hippopotamus named Rose. At 4 years old, Jane Sorenson fell in love with the diversity of life as exemplified by New York City where in the same day--on a whirlwind visit from Cleveland--she saw: Macy's department store, FAO Schwartz's...
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