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. 112, No. 1, Spring

An Odd Pocket: Tucked into Far Western Maryland, This Swamp Is a Biological Wonder-And an Isolated Refuge for Species Usually Found Much Farther North
A DC resident since 1999 and an outdoor junkie, I must confess that where West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania meet is one of my favorite areas to visit to get outdoors. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If your passion is...
An Olympic Undertaking: In the Holy Grail of Arborism, in Search of a National Champ
My father often admonished, "Son, nothing worthwhile comes easily." Lottery winners might take exception to this dictum, but in the realm of big tree hunting, Dad's advice rings true. As I stood beneath the world's biggest subalpine fir, deep in Washington's...
Arid Advocate; Deserts, Wildfires, Shrubby Species, Amazing Finds: Such Is the Life of Arizona Big Tree Coordinator
As a kid growing up in the Southern Appalachians I loved the forests and was interested in their conservation. This interest was expressed eventually as I became a professional forester and university professor of forest ecology. On retirement from...
Building Leopold's Legacy: Pines Celebrated in a Conservation Classic Have Outlived the Author and Conservationist. as They Age, They Shape His Legacy in a Different Way
On the surface, an orange slash gives a simple order: Cut this tree and leave all that are unmarked. To a lover of trees, painting an orange slash on any tree, especially a 60-year-old pine planted by Aldo Leopold and his family during weekends at...
Centennial Celebrates Patriarch Trees
Stately old pioneers with roots firmly entrenched in centennial soil will be honored when the state of Oklahoma celebrates its 100th birthday in 2007. The Witness Tree Project, sponsored by state foresters and the Tree Bank Foundation, hopes to...
Championing Changes in the Forest
To build on an idea by zoologist and author Richard Dawkins, imagine bringing all your direct female ancestors back to life. Line them up starting with you holding your mother's hand, your mother holding her mother's hand, and so on. Keep going for...
Deal Inked for Private Land Save
International Paper (IP) has joined with two conservation groups to protect 218,000 acres of forest across 10 states. IP calls it the largest private land conservation sale in the history of the South and one of the largest nationwide. Under the...
Economics of Forest Restoration: The Case for Careful Logging Is Made by a Father and Son Team That Aims to Leave Things Better Than It Found Them
Below is a picture of Jerry Magera and his son Sam in the spring of 2001 standing in a recently thinned stand of mixed ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and tamarack. These guys are my heroes. Jerry is a retired U.S. Forest Service forester. He and Sam...
Empty Thrones: Somewhere out There Royalty Is Just Waiting to Be Recognized. Long Live the King-Wherever It Is
They are out there. Some may live their entire lives without ever being seen by human eyes. Others may live among us, seen by thousands yet unrecognized, like royalty dressed as paupers. They are the biggest trees of their kind but they cannot lay...
From Orangutans to Eagles
For the 17th year, AMERICAN FORESTS is helping communities around the world restore tree cover through its Global ReLeaf Forests program. One million trees will be planted in projects ranging from Malaysian orangutan forest and Mexican monarch habitat...
From the Big Tree Coordinator
Since its beginning in 1940 there have been many changes to the National Register of Big Trees. And although 65 years of big tree hunters and state coordinators have helped shape the program into what it is today, the mission and message have remained...
Nature's Tipping Point: Combating Global Climate Change Must Include Trees
Global climate change is once again making headlines, but this time with a difference. It used to be those who were talking about the reality of global warming who were marginalized; now that stigma belongs to those who don't. Time magazine recently...
New Champs in Height and Breath: General Sherman Gets Smaller, Mega-Trees Switch Places, People Are One with Trees. Read on for the Latest from the World of Really Big Trees
You are a big tree. Well, part of you is anyway. No, really. This is not some flaky New Age crystal thing. This is science. Allow me to demonstrate. First, take a breath. It doesn't have to be particularly deep or meaningful, and you can do it with...
Plant a Famous Tree
You can celebrate the beauty of nature and make a wise investment in your yard by planting a tree. Trees work hard for the earth, purifying the air and water, slowing runoff and cooling our homes. Plus they add property value, look beautiful, and make...
Termite Trouble
In Texas, a recent investigation of coastal trees felled by Hurricane Rita suggests that upwards of 40 percent of large trees marked for landfills were infested with Formosan subterranean termite. These particular termites, accidentally introduced...
The Turtle Trackers
In a tiny pocket of a suburban landscape in Dutchess County, New York--wedged between a high school, a golf course, and a freeway--an uninteresting-looking patch of forest and swamp is actually a multi-million dollar artificial habitat built to protect...
Tree Doctor Howard Burnett
Q: How can I tell if a bush is a male or female holly when I buy it? Scott & Suzanne Wahl, via e-mail A: As far as I know there is no way, short of microscopic gene analysis, to tell the sex of a young holly. However, most nurseries that...
Washington Outlook
Like last year, President Bush's FY 2007 budget proposal for the Forest Service suggests bad news for programs that support forest restoration through collaborative efforts between the agency and communities. Many programs AMERICAN FORESTS and our...
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