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. 109, No. 1, Spring

1000 Trees for Texas. (Clippings)
The "Lone Star State" may be getting a boost in the form of 1,000 favorite Sons over the next few years. AMERICAN FORESTS is working to plant 1,000 offspring of the historic Treaty Oak in communities throughout Texas. These historic live oak trees...
A Few Words Remembered Forever
Abraham Lincoln was coming down with the flu as he got on the presidential train leaving Washington on November 18, 1863. But he believed the trip was important, so he rallied himself and none of the other passengers suspected he was ill. In fact,...
A Search for Memorial Trees. (Forum)
Since 9-11 many communities have planted memorial trees or memorial forests as a living tribute to the heroes and victims of the terrorist attack on America. The memorial tree movement in this country was actually born at the end of World War I, when...
Calling the Lorax. (Clippings)
From the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction file comes the story of Nebraska's budget woes and one proposal by the University of Nebraska to help it meet a state mandate to cut $41 million from its budget: Eliminate the state Forest Service. Nebraska's...
Clean Gene Trees. (Clippings)
Next spring, Richard Meagher plans to plant a new breed of trees in New Jersey and Indiana. The planting sites are contaminated with methylmercury, a toxic result of polluting shallow aquatic ecosystems with mercury. Meagher's University of Georgia...
Enchanted Partnerships: In New Mexico, a Congressman's Idea Becomes a Forest Service Program That Inspires Collaboration and Protects Local Forests. (Communities)
Ruidoso, New Mexico. looks like a Swiss Family Robinson village--offices, stores, and houses are jim-jammed so tightly in the forest you can hardly distinguish the buildings from the trees. But this picturesque scene comes at a price: The vacation...
Federal Judge Pays for Cutting City Trees. (Clippings)
Sometimes a room with a view comes with a high price--about a half-million dollars worth. This spring, a federal judge in Seattle, Washington, will pay $500,000 to restore Colman Park, where his gardener chopped down more than 120 trees last year to...
From Bad to Benefactor. (Clippings)
For many years forest rangers waged a war against dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium sp.), a parasitic plant that attacks the towering evergreens of the American West. (Dwarf mistletoe is different from the leafy kind that lovers hang out under at Christmas.)...
Highlights: Forestry and Natural Resources Delegation to South Africa
SATURDAY - SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 8-9 DEPART FOR SOUTH AFRICA * Fly from New York's JFK Airport to Johannesburg, South Africa MONDAY - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10-11 JOHANNESBURG * Attend a briefing hosted by Forestry South Africa * Exchange with the...
Memorials That Live On: Some Good Ideas Should Last for a Lifetime. Here's an Example of One That Has. (Editorial)
It was one of those incidents that remind us a good idea can last for generations--and should. I was at the Arlington County Courthouse in Virginia for a press conference with county board chair Chris Zimmerman to announce AMERICAN FORESTS' gift of...
Night of the Spotted Salamanders. (Clippings)
In Vermont, they call it "Big Night." Usually it comes just before income tax day, on the first rainy night when the temperature stays well above 40 degrees. That's when the spotted salamanders of northern New England put on their annual nocturnal...
Rooted in Memory
Some old trees in our public spaces are long-forgotten war memorials. A look back at the movement AMERICAN FORESTS helped spawn and how it's evolved over the decades. Look at the brittle-edged magazine articles about long-ago tree plantings, and...
San Antonio: Ripples of Change; Armed with New Information on the Benefits of Their Urban Trees, Officials Plan for a Greener and More Ecologically Based Future. (Perspectives)
San Antonio successfully straddles the line between historic relic and modern city. Tourists flock by the thousands to visit the Alamo, site of the decisive 1836 battle for Texas independence, or to stroll the banks of the San Antonio River along downtown's...
Scout Restores Living Memorial: Oaks in Tuscaloosa Honor Local Men Who Died in WWI. (Earth Keepers)
To the residents of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the hefty oaks that line the town's University Boulevard are a familiar landmark. Until recently, however, most weren't aware of the trees' historical significance. With the help of donations and some volunteer...
South Africa's Growing Natural Resource
A well-run and successful timber industry allows this country to maintain its native trees while reaping the benefits of the ones that it plants. Mention South Africa's wealth of natural resources, and people automatically think of the minerals...
Spring Fancy: News from the from World of Trees. (Clippings)
It's spring, the time when people's minds turn to thoughts of...circumference, crown spread, height. That's right, it's Big Tree time again, and big tree hunters nationwide are out with tape measures and straight sticks or more sophisticated gear...
The Star-Crossed Honeylocust. (in Profile)
The story of the native honeylocust's (Gleditsia spp.) rise in America has more twists than a John Grisham novel. Also called the sweet locust, thorn tree, three-thorned acacia, and honey shucks, the tree seemed destined to be an agricultural star...
Tree Doctor
Q: I planted an American holly last year. It was beautifully shaped. This spring I notice I have berries but 25 percent of the leaves and 25 percent of the berries are brown or dead. How can I treat and save this beautiful tree? Robert Brown ...
Washington Outlook
The start of 2003 has been fast, confusing, and somewhat unsettling for forest policy at the notional level. The 108th Congress began with some major unfinished business from the last Congress, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 appropriations bills. This...
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