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. 2, Summer

130 Years Later, a New Challenge: With the U.S. Forest Service, We Are Forging a New Partnership to Rebuild Natural Systems While Continuing to Build Human Networks
More than 130 years ago AMERICAN FORESTS realized new public policies were needed to address the reckless degrading of the environment through out-of-control mining of forests with no regard for future generations. AMERICAN FORESTS formed a partnership...
2007 Annual Report
This year, American Forests launched a new initiative to fundamentally change the way we think about forests and the environment in general. We call it a New Framework. More than 130 years ago the nation's forests had a critical need for scientific...
A Nation Divided
In terms of carbon dioxide production, the United States is the wrong kind of winner. The U.S. was only recently overtaken by China as the highest carbon dioxide emitter in the world. And according to a recent study reported by Reuters, the amount...
Conservation's New Conversation: In the Face of Unrelenting Development: How to Keep Forests in Forest?
Don't blink! By the time you open your eyes, an acre of open space in America will be gone; Plowed under, paved over, and built on. It might be the grassy meadow where your kids play. It might be the shaded beach beach beside the lake where you...
'Cool Globes' Roll into DC
When the "Cool Globes" committee was selecting artists to inspire action on global warming, they needed look no further than renowned expressionist Andrea Harris. Harris, whose artwork has been featured throughout the United States and Europe, used...
From Silly Putty to Sycamores: With Creative and Forward Thinking 8-Year-Olds like This One, the Future for the Environmental Community Looks Bright
At an age when most children's concerns revolve around cartoons and video games, an 8-year-old girl has used a clever idea and a healthy dose of determination to plant trees in an effort to fight global warming. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some might...
Good News on Oak Deaths?
After years of horror stories, there may finally be some good news on the sudden oak death front. Two sets of researchers, looking at different aspects of the killing organism, say they think they know where it originated and perhaps how to limit its...
Miracle Mango Tree
Think you love mangoes? It's nothing compared to the feelings of Kallimullah Khan of the small town of Malihabad in Uttar Pradesh, India. Asian News International reports that Khan has grown over 300 species of mangoes on a single tree, many of them...
Mourning Rubenstein
American Forests is mourning the loss of one of its board members, Stephen Rubenstein of New Vernon, New Jersey, who died in June of acute myeloid leukemia. He was 69. Rubenstein was president of Rubenstein Properties of Little Falls, New Jersey,...
News of Note
* Beetles Close Parks In Colorado, a pine beetle epidemic will force the closure or delayed opening of national parks and forests until thousands of dead trees can be removed, according to the Rocky Mountain News. U.S. Forest Service officials say...
Paper Birch Problems
Q: My landscaper planted a 20-foot paper birch for me last fall. After our rather serious winter it is slow to leaf out. Each of the three trunks is finally showing some green, but it looks far from healthy. Should I give it some additional time or...
Pine Beetles & Climate Change
Forests are carbon "sinks" that hold in carbon dioxide but mountain pine beetles along the Rocky Mountains threaten to destroy that benefit and affect climate change, according to Canadian researchers writing in the journal Nature. [ILLUSTRATION...
Rising from the Ashes
Wildfires in the summer of 2007 transformed the ancient, beautiful landscape of Greece into a blazing inferno. More than 60 people died, and people worldwide feared the loss of artifacts at sites that date back to 900 BC. The fires covered more than...
Rowing to Save a Shoreline
The wooden oars sliced through the Rappahannock's smooth surface as we traveled, dripping sweat, at the slowest of clips past unbroken stretches of wooded shoreline. Shades of green emerged from the haze as we drew near. With no breeze to set the sails...
Social Register
In South Louisiana, the landscape lies flat as cut sugarcane. Here, the sprawling shape of a live oak can dominate the view for miles. By the sight of a familiar oak you can tell where you're going, where you've been, and how much farther before you...
Tending the Web of Life: This Global ReLeaf Tree-Planting Project in Honduras Is Helping Villagers Improve Their Environment-And Their Lives
Hurricane Mitch may have battered the forests of Honduras, but it met its match in Roy Lara, an agronomist and educator in Trinidad, Honduras, who is determined that the post-hurricane ecosystem is going to be a healthier one. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Washington Outlook
After more than 18 months of debate and deliberation, Congress passed the Farm Bill (HR 2419), officially titled the Food and Energy Security Act of 2007. The bill, which passed 318-106 in the House and 81-15 in the Senate, has been hailed as a bipartisan...
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