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. 99, No. 1-2, January-February

1992 American Forests Awards
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD GIVEN FOR DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE IN FORESTRY AND OTHER ASPECTS OF RESOURCE CONSERVATION. SIDNEY R. YATES Sid Yates, a member of Congress from the Ninth Congressional District of Illinois, is presently serving...
A Halloween Tree Killer
It has taken a year for the real impact to sink in--Great Plains towns with few live trees, no shade, nothing to break the wind or lift the spirit. The fall of 1991 had been warm and mild in Colorado and neighboring states. But on October 27, a deadly...
A Worldly Perspective
As Global ReLeaf International grows, it regreens hopes worldwide. Eastern Europe proved to be a motherlode for Global ReLeaf International over the past year, with the three newest International partners--Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Ukraine--hailing from...
Balancing Act on the Shawnee
Once-blighted land now largely renewed, this Illinois forest has a new mandate for more sensitive management. Shawnee National Forest--nearly 270,000 acres of flatland prairie, rolling bluegreen hills, and sandstone bluffs--marks the nubby fingers of...
Breaking the Gridlock
NElL SAMPSON, Executive Vice President, AMERICAN FORESTS The national election may not have delivered a mandate, but it sure contained a message. America's leaders were told to find ways to make government work better. "Stop fighting over problems and...
Heartburn in the Heartland Forests
Conflicts over logging are giving managers a bellyache as people's sentiments shift from timber to other forest values. The six national forests in the nation's solar plexus are the arena for a haymaker issue that has the potential to put the popular...
Is There a Virgin Forest in Your Neighborhood?
There may well be, according to this tree-ring researcher, but it probably won't be calendar material. Some things in the natural world overwhelm you with power and grandeur. If you've stood on the Hurricane Deck beneath the Bridal Veil at Niagara Falls,...
Saving a Beanfield Oasis
Towering hardwoods, canebrakes, and hooded warblers are only a few of the resources at risk in this green remnant drowning in an agricultural sea. Big Oak Tree is one of 78 state parks and historic sites in Missouri, which celebrated the 75th anniversary...
The Alex Haley Silver Maple
What better way to honor the author of Roots than to plant an offspring of a lovely old tree that shades the porch of his boyhood home? On a wall in Alex Haley's Tennessee mansion hangs a glass frame that holds two old sardine cans and 18 cents. Haley...
The Biggest Valley Oak
The pioneers called it the "mush oak." Apparently they never saw a specimen like this one. When Captain George Vancouver first gazed upon the interior of California in 1796, there were a million acres of oak savannah dominated by the valley oak. "We...
The Boise Quickstep
A bold plan to restore the health of this Idaho national forest is being watched closely throughout the tinderbox West. Idaho's heart-thumping Foothills wildfire last August, which gobbled more than 257,000 acres of range and forest lands and potentially...
The Codger Pole
Megabuck salaries notwithstanding, fame is fleeting for most football players. Not so for these 51. Enter Colfax, Washington, on Highway 195, look about 30 yards over toward the town's unusual concrete riverbed, and you will see the Codger Pole, only...
The Greening of North Philadelphia
Shovel power, good ideas, and personal energy are bringing pride back to these tough neighborhoods. Neighbors recognize the blue pickup when it rolls through North Philadelphia. Some residents of what is one of Pennsylvania's most impoverished areas...
Woodpecker Wars
How much woods should an endangered woodpecker peck if its numbers are shrinking and its habitat is besieged? Dr. Jeff Walters braces a gun stock against his right shoulder and scans the trees through a high-power scope. Thirty feet above him a small...
Your Economy or Your Environment?
AMERICAN FORESTS convenes a conference to begin building a new ecological underpinning for a world we can live with. Aftershocks from the political earthquake three days earlier were being felt clearly in the nation's epicenter as AMERICAN FORESTS brought...
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