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. 105, No. 2, Summer

A Natural Merger
Corporations and environmentalists used to be sworn enemies. But today they're putting their heads together - to the earth's benefit. Not long ago the idea of corporations and environmental organizations "working together" would have been considered...
Dying Tree Inspires
When long-time AMERICAN FORESTS member Louis F. Spanner went on a routine tree-trimming job 14 years ago in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, he wasn't looking for a big tree. But he sure found one. During a break, Spanner, owner of Spanner Tree...
Emerald Cities
Across America, mayors are finding more trees means more votes. Everyone knows trees help clean the air, moderate temperatures, dampen flooding, boost real estate values, shelter wildlife, and enhance the scenery. But do they win votes? Some...
Paddling Time
One of my favorite canoe trips took place in the early summer down a stretch of the narrow Rappahannock River in Virginia. The day was warm, the friends were good ones, and that stretch of river was like a shaded jewel, hidden from sight. We laughed...
Salmon's Quiet Comeback?
THE STAKES ARE HIGH AND THE SOLUTIONS EXPECTED TO BE WIDE-RANGING AND DEEPLY FELT. SO WHY IS EVERYONE COOPERATING? The Pacific Northwest exploded in 1990 when the federal government decided to protect the northern spotted owl. Lawsuits flew, loggers...
The Johnny Appleseed Kid
This 10-year-old proves "becoming great" is possible once you put your mind to it. My name is Corbin Billings and I am a fifth grader at Jenks Southeast Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They call me "The Tree Kid" because when I was 9 I decided to...
The Picnic Initiative
These Vermont woodlands owners are proving "cross-boundary management" can be another name for neighbor-helping-neighbor. Fifteen years ago about the only thing David Clarkson knew about the wildlife on the 230 acres of southern Vermont woodlands...
Washington Outlook
The annual funding process for federal forest and natural resource programs heated up in April and May as Congress set budget constraints and key appropriations subcommittees held hearings to figure out how to work within them. The administration's...
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