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. 115, No. 2, Summer

2008 Annual Report
AMERICAN FORESTS' mission is to grow a healthier world by working with communities that plant trees to restore and maintain forest ecosystems. Our work encompasses tree planting though our Global ReLeaf campaign, calculating the value of urban ecosystems,...
Agents of Change
Students at Silver Springs Elementary School in Northville, Michigan worked hard throughout the month of March to raise funds to plant trees. The money itself came from a reading program, but that was just one part of the many activities that these...
Cuyamaca: A Forest First for Climate Change
AMERICAN FORESTS pioneered the practice of planting trees to address climate change with the launch of Global ReLeaf in 1988. Since passage of its landmark Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act in 2002, the state of California has been at the forefront of the...
Go See a Champion: Take a Road Trip to Seek out the Biggest Trees in the Nation!
In the process of seeking out some 200 national champion trees to photograph, write about, appreciate, and sometimes nominate, I have had my share of misadventures. I have searched for trees in the wrong places, chased the ghosts of those that had...
Surviving Wildfire: With Millions Going Up in Smoke to Fight Wildfires, Ecosystems across the Country Are Adapting to Life with the Threat and the Reality of Fire
In a scene that has become frighteningly familiar for residents across the West, a wall of fire roared through the crown of the forest into the Idaho mountain hamlet of Secesh Meadows. But as the raging East Zone Complex fire reached the edge of the...
The Devil's Bargain: "We Are Stardust, Billion Year Old Carbon, We Are Golden, Caught in the Devil's Bargain"
I doubt that 40 years ago, Joni Mitchell knew that carbon would become a devil's bargain in 2009. While carbon and climate change shouldn't make us choose between the devil and the deep blue sea, many in the public policy arena would like us to think...
Thermal Biomass: Burning for Acceptance
In the wild spring skies over the valley, strong winds pull the plume of woodsmoke horizontal. It is not a tall smokestack, not like those sky-smudging icons of American industry a century ago. Instead, it represents a cleaner, greener era struggling...
Tree Doctor
No More Apples? Q: I have a beautiful apple tree, but for a couple of years it has not been producing apples. In the summer the leaves die and fall off. What can I do? --Sharon, Via email A: The lack of fruit is most likely a result of the...
Trees in Albuquerque: "We Are Ready to Design the Future of Trees in the City of Albuquerque."
The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico's sustainability plan, spearheaded by Mayor Martin J. Chavez, provides the community with the vision and tools for energy conservation, clean energy production and use, and conservation technologies. Now the city...
Washington Outlook
Congress has responded aggressively to President Obama's February call for action on legislation to promote a clean-energy and low-carbon economy. The House, through the efforts of Representatives Henry Waxman (CA) and Ed Markey (MA), has developed...
Where the Trees Are Still Tall: The Story of an Adventure through the Giant and Undisturbed Forests of Congaree National Park
For the second time in 30 minutes my way was blocked by a swamp. But what did I expect? I was bushwhacking to find the biggest swamp tupelo. I could have gone straight ahead, following my compass bearing, but I would have emerged on the other side...
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