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. 110, No. 1, Spring

A Commitment for the Ages
Who doesn't stand in awe at the grandeur and majesty of a Champion Big Tree? We at Davey work with trees every day, but we have the same response to these giants as everyone else. And we know that support for these giants helps draw attention to the...
Actress Aids Wildfire Efforts
When more than 500,000 acres of California forest burned last year, AMERICAN FORESTS created California Wildfire ReLeaf to help begin the restoration process. The wildfires killed 20 people, displaced more than 2,000, and devastated the area's forests,...
A Man of the Trees
"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow" could have been a tailor-made motto for Richard St. Barbe Baker, founder of the Men of the Trees organization. He helped save the California redwoods, battled to stop the Sahara spreading, and was said to be responsible...
American Forests & Corporate Responsibility
Corporations and environmental groups have shared a love/hate relationship for decades. At AMERICAN FORESTS we have a different perspective on business. When the organization first got off the ground in the 19th century, founders invited representatives...
A Tahoe Progressive: An "Accidental" Silviculturist Brings New Thinking to a National Forest
Gary Cline grew up in the city. And he never really intended to do forest work. "I went to school majoring in environmental science, and I took some classes in forestry," Cline, 44, says. "I just kind of stumbled into it." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Doing Well by Doing Good; the Move toward More Sustainable Economies Involves Everyone from Mom and Pop Companies to Major Corporations. and the Biggest Surprise of All May Be: Its Working
The new millennium has opened under a barrage of blows to Planet Earth: Shrinking forests and expanding deserts. Collapsing fisheries and disappearing species. Melting glaciers and stratospheric ozone depletion. It's enough to make the most optimistic...
Ecosystem Value & Trees: Greener, Cleaner, More Financially Savvy Environments Include Trees. the Evidence Is All around Us
Every day on my way to work I pass the site of a new "starter castle"--the sixcar-garage kind springing up in farm fields and open land across the country. In its front yard, hundred-year-old oaks lay ripped from the ground like matchsticks dropped...
From Little Acorns Champion Oaks Grow: A Journey through the Life of One of America's Most Prolific Trees
Several hundred years ago, deep in the ancient virgin forests of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, an eastern gray squirrel forgot where he buried an acorn. The acorn germinated, survived the browsing of deer, the gnawing of rabbits, and the...
Money in the Tree Bank: New Mechanisms for Measuring Ecosystem Values Make It Possible for Cities to Be Both Environmentally Green and Financially Savvy
John Wimberly lives in the tree-covered neighborhood of Chevy Chase in Washington, DC. Trees dominate the landscape there, reaching high into the sky to form a green canopy and protective umbrella over the community. Without the trees, the neighborhood...
Nomination a 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 your local Parks, Forest Service,...
Return of the Kings: Times Are Tough for the Santa Cruz Cypress, a Tree with Limited Range and, for 20 Years, No Champion
With a single glance I can see about 3,000 Santa Cruz cypress trees. That red-shouldered hawk soaring high above me can see as many as 5,200, but no more. No matter where that hawk flies, when it comes to counting Cupressus abramsiana, the sky is not...
Rising to New Heights
Imagine two years in the life of a mixed-age forest condensed into a one-hour movie. You could rejoice each spring as you see thousands of seedlings popping up all over, then mourn as most of them are eaten, wilted, overshadowed, starved, or trampled...
Stature beyond Size: Don't Let Its Small Size Fool You; Maryland Is the Nation's Matriarch of Monumental Trees
IN 1955, when the National Register of Big Trees was 15 years old, guess which state had the most national champions? Nope, not Florida (now #1). Not California (now #2). Not Arizona (3), Texas (4), Virginia (5), or Michigan (6). It's not in the South...
The National Register of Big Trees 2004-2005
I knew I'd need my "persuasive big tree hat" when I received this question from a reporter: "So, what's the big deal with big trees? Who cares?" In another recent call, an editor from a major consumer publication insisted big trees equal old trees--and...
The Solace at Solins': By Practicing an Inherited Ethic and Careful Stewardship, These Wisconsin Brothers Hope to Pass along "Eternity" with the Family Business
I see my dad in these hills, the trees we planted together, the old stumps of trees he cut when I was a kid," says Don Solin of the tree farm near Antigo, Wisconsin, where he grew up. The rolling hills of northern Wisconsin's glacial kettle moraine...
The Towering Titans: Forget the Traditional Definition of a Tree. There Are a Few Species-11 to Be Exact-That Defy Such a Mundane Description
Any toddler knows what a tree is, but not all adults, including foresters, agree on how to define them. Most definitions emphasize their woody and perennial nature and a single stem near the ground. Arborists, foresters, dendrologists, and big tree...
Transitions
Welcoming: New officers and four new members to AMERICAN FORESTS' Board of Directors. Kevin F. Daugherty, corporate marketer for ESRI in California takes over as chairman from R. Douglas Cowen, who is chair, president and CEO of The Davey Tree Expert...
Washington Outlook
The Bush administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 funding proposals for the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) place great importance on implementing the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA), which passed Congress late last year (see...
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