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. 97, No. 11-12, November-December

At Play in L.A
If you'll be attending the American Forestry Association's Fifth National Urban Forest Conference in Los Angeles this month (November 12-17), you'll find a city that may look familiar--probably you've seen it in any number of movies. Surely no other...
Best "Sleeper" Yard Trees for Your Area
Are you thinking about planting a tree in your yard or garden anytime soon? Before you rush out to your local nursery and buy the same kind of tree your neighbor planted, think twice. There are good reasons to consider a few lesser known species...
Confessions of a Ninja Tree Sapper
I admit it. I'm a tree sapper. When I'm working the night shift dressed in dark clothing to avoid detection, I suppose I qualify as a ninja tree sapper. So go ahead, arrest me. But firstly you'll have to catch me. And since I do most of my diggings...
Forest Plans & Politics: Crisis in the Making
In late August, John Mumma, Forest Service Regional Forester in Missoula, Montana, was asked to take a staff job in Washington, DC. The move was a result of his refusal to either meet the "timber-sale targets" set forth in forest plans or forece the...
Fritz vs. the Feds
In 1943, a young Naval Air cadet headed for Texas. In early March, the greenhorn was given his first flight lessons by Ensign Edward C. "Ned" Fritz. A hard man to please, Fritz's report reads: "Student serious and learns well. Has difficulty in...
Gaia's Helpers
Nestled in the woods of northern Pennsylvania is Sizerville State Park, a small and rather remote place with one huge advantage: Lisa Bainey. Bainey is a 32-year-old environmental education specialist, and she is determined to help the earth by...
Oakland's Redwood Retreat
"The Oakland Hills, being exposed immediately to the influences of the sea winds and fogs, once bore a group of redwood trees . . ." (Written in 1893 by naturalist Dr. William Gibbons) So gigantic were those redwoods that mariners steered by them,...
Places of Grace
When one of the attornyes with a prestigious Boston law firm leaves his office these days to go to lunch, he doesn't head to a posh restaurant. Instead he walks to Post Office Square Park, a 1.7-acre green gem newly created above an underground parking...
Stopping by the Woods
So wrote Robert Frost in the early part of this century. Generations of American writers have been inspired by the woods. Though some, like the literary naturalists John Muir and Aldo Leopold, have described its natural beauty or clarified its environmental...
The Christmas-Tree Lady
For the past 20 years, as predictably as stores decorate for the holidays, hordes of revelers from the greater Boston area pile into the family car at Christmastime and head for East Rindge, New Hampshire. Within two hours, they've meandered along...
The Tree Gangs of Glittertown
Los Angeles, like all cities great and small, can benefit from more and healthier trees. The Global ReLeaf challenge to plant trees for environmental improvement and to combat global warming is especially relevant to this sprawling metropolis of cars,...
Where Does It Hurt?
A yearly "physical" is fast becoming a reality for our nation's forests. Because a variety of assaults, including the specter of acid rain, may be working synergistically to spell trouble for our trees, a sweeping federal-state campaign called the...
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