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. 113, No. 3, Autumn

100,000 Trees Richer
As the summer wound to a close, AMERICAN FORESTS was gearing up to plant 100,000 trees, thanks to its Top 5 finish in an online American Express contest that invited members to submit and then vote for projects to improve the earth. The winning entry...
A Champ with Your Fries? Watch out, Ohio. McDonald's Hamburger U. Says It Just Might Be Home to the Nation's Biggest Example of the Buckeyes' State Tree
Come next spring, the golden arches synonymous with McDonald's burgers and fries may invoke a new image--the graceful green arch of tree canopy. That's because the fast food giant's Hamburger U. campus in Oak Brook, Illinois, claims it's home to the...
Assessing Humans & Nature: 5 Impacts
More and more people agree that problems exist with the environment, but what exactly are those problems? Global warming? Unchecked consumption? Too many cars? Species extinction? Pollution? They're all right. And they're all wrong. Today's environmental...
Chestnut Redux
The American chestnut is poised for a comeback with a high-profile planting this summer in Washington, but a Purdue University researcher warns "there is a whole new set of obstacles to get past" before the tree again covers the American landscape....
Clinton Helps Plant Buffalo
AMERICAN FORESTS executive director Deborah Gangloff joined presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and others at a June ceremony in Buffalo to launch efforts to regreen that city after a devastating winter snowstorm. AMERICAN FORESTS...
Cornell Study Links Pollution, Deaths
We all know that trees are important for the environment but here's yet another reason why we need lots more: A Cornell researcher says pollution is responsible for about 40 percent of deaths worldwide. Trees naturally clean air and water and filter...
Ensuring Emiquon's Future by Restoring Its Past: An Estimated 500 Generations Have Inhabited This Floodplain That Was Once Rich with Lakes, Wetlands, Forests, and Prairies. Here's How It's Changed-And Is Changing Still
Emiquon. To the Illinois/Miami tribes the word means squash or pumpkin. To environmentalists it recalls a pre-European landscape virtually unmatched in biological diversity and cultural importance. Now this once-ecologically diverse land along the...
More Trees for Midwest
Wisconsin and Illinois will be 100,000 trees richer, thanks to a grant from The Ceres Trust to AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf program. The Ceres Trust is a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest. "The 100,000 trees that will...
Solving Deforestation's Puzzle: An Elementary School Project Spawns a Successful Business Venture-And That's Good News for Butterflies, Tigers, and Trees
Connor Hoff is disproving the notion that one person can't make a difference. The 12-year-old from York, Pennsylvania, has raised $3,700 for AMERICAN FORESTS to plant trees for ecosystem restoration. While working on a school project about deforestation,...
Sudden Death in the Southwest: Will Insects, Record Heat, and Drought Spell an End to Landmark Pinyon Pine?
Paint a picture of the American Southwest and certain colors seem essential. Ultramarine blue for skies that tend to stay sunlight drenched, a khaki tan for adobe earth and architecture, dark green for a fragrant forest so typically Southwestern--the...
Theory of Change: Policy Efforts Must Begin Witha Shared Understanding-And Lead to Positive Results for Forest Ecosystems and Communities
How does change happen? One hundred thirty years ago the need for a different approach to forests led to the creation of AMERICAN FORESTS. With no public forests, controls on industry, or help for private landowners, the need for good public policy...
Tree's Loss Prompts Study
The banner--Remember this tree--was visible in the branches of a Colorado state champion horsechestnut whose future is in doubt, even though its legacy is very much alive in the legislative halls of Boulder. The 60-foot tree, on Margery Goldman's...
Washington Outlook
The House took action on two pieces of legislation with significant implications for forests and forest management just before adjourning for its August recess. The House passed its version of the 2007 Farm Bill as well as a wide-ranging Energy Bill....
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