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. 114, No. 1, Spring

A Day in the Life of General Sherman: Our Intrepid Reporter Gets Up Close and Personal with This Long-Time Champ and Perennial Favorite Big Tree
Big trees. You can measure them, pore over their statistics; compare their age to human history; draw, paint, photograph or rhapsodize about them; or stand under them and gawk. You can be stunned into awed silence or jolted into shouts of animated...
Ascending the Giants: Two Arborists Team Up to Document Oregon's National Champions-From the Top Down
Beneath a clear blue October sky Brian French stands next to the stump of what was once the world's largest Pacific dogwood and lets a handful of pale sawdust sift through his fingers. Turning to his climbing partner, fellow arborist Will Koomjian,...
Big Changes for Big Trees: Deaths, Growth Spurts, and a New List-Altering Rule. It's Our Biennial Check on the State of Our Nation's Biggest Trees
If you hoped to see your name in the National Register of Big Trees again for that really big tree you measured a while back you're likely to be disappointed. A newly decreed 10-year rule states that no tree can retain its crown longer than 10 years...
Demise of a Charismatic Champion: A Search for the Backcountry Whitebark Pine Titleholder Reveals a Stunning Tree but a Casualty of Age and Global Warming
Moments after stepping into the wind at the pass, I saw the tree. A good half-mile away by line of sight, it ruled the basin below, occupying a solitary perch above the rest of the forest. This whitebark pine left no doubt about its champion status....
Envisioning an Evergreen Massachusetts: The Granite State's Goal of Preserving Forest Cover and Adding Even More despite Encroaching Development and Long-Term Costs Has Other States Watching with Interest
Atop of Massachusetts' Great Hemlock Mountain, the loudest sound on a sunny autumn morning is the percussion of acorns on dry leaves. From a clearing the view stretches the eye, great swatches of forest rolling north into New Hampshire and west to...
Hemlock Update
The fight to save hemlock forests may have just taken a turn for the better with Oregon State University researchers announcing they've found two species of flies that may help fight the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
How to Nominate a Big Tree
Requirements 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,...
Maryland's Wye Oak Successor?
A white oak in northern Maryland once described as a "no-account tree" has a new designation--marvelous--and, experts say, is now the largest example of the species in the state. Forestry officials have written the governor requesting it be named...
New Way Needed for Environment; We Have to Change How We Conduct the Country's Most Important Business: Restoring the Natural World and Its Connection to People
The President's proposed budget for FY2009 slashes restoration for the nation's forests. That tells me it's time for a new framework for the environment in Washington. AMERICAN FORESTS' March testimony before the House Appropriations subcommittee...
One (Big) Tree's Story: In Indiana, a Fortuitous Meeting between a Red Maple and an 8-Year-Old Boy Results in State Recognition and Some Greater Understanding
If you have ever seen a giant tree before, perhaps you have wondered about its story. How many generations has it seen pass by? Who played under its branches as children? What unique circumstances allowed it to grow so tall? Who before has pondered...
Partnering in Support of Big Trees
While Davey has been the sponsor of AMERICAN FORESTS' National Register of Big Trees since 1989, the two of us go back a lot longer than that. As early as the beginning of the last century, Davey advertised in American Forests magazine (what better...
Planning for Healthy Trees: Careful Forethought Is Required If a Community Wants to Plant and Maintain a Sustainable Urban Forest
Planning and maintaining trees in a community requires more than just a hole in the ground and occasional watering. The American Planning Association invited nine experts and representatives from AMERICAN FORESTS, International Society of Arboriculture,...
Species without Champs
The new rule that trees must be remeasured within 10 years to retain their titles has caused a lot of changes in this year's National Register of Big Trees. In fact, 100 of the 2006 champs lost their titles this year due to this new 10-year rule. Still...
The Age of Pinus: All That's Fit to Print about What Has Been Called the World's "Most Ecologically and Economically Significant Tree Genus."
Much of human history and prehistory is divided up into ages according to some great influence of the time: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Age of Reason, the Space Age. But, to varying degrees, much of human experience in North America could also...
The National Register of Big Trees 2008
The quest for champion trees and the thrill of discovering these giants has captured many hearts since the National Register of Big Trees' inception in 1940. We hope the 2008 Register will accurately document the champions uncovered through many searches....
The Price of a Shady Lane: The Trials and Tribulations-And Faith-Involved in Recreating a Favorite Memory with Pin Oaks on a Missouri Farm
More than thirty years ago, when Charlene and I bought the back forty, there was no access road into it. So in spite of my naturalist's dislike of seeing landscape torn open, I hired a bulldozer operator to rough out a lane across a field and through...
U.S, 6 Other Countries to Benefit from '08 Plantings
AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf Forests will plant 4 million trees this year. Plantings range from wildfire- and beetle-damaged forests to urban expressways. Six international projects are planned. In California, 51,000 trees will help restore a...
Washington Outlook
AMERICAN FORESTS executive director Deborah Gangloff presented testimony on the Administration's FY 2009 budget proposals for the U.S. Forest Service at a recent hearing of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Her basic message was that...
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