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. 103, No. 3, Autumn

Achieving Sustainability
Everyone likes the idea of a sustainable city, but how do you go about creating one? Where do you begin to put in place the public policies that will bring open space, greenways, energy-efficient buildings, and clean, protected streams? Metropolitan...
America's Urban Forests: Growing Concerns
AS CITIES SPRAWL, TREE COVER DIMINISHES AND WHAT'S LEFT DECLINES. SOME GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES. Take a close look at the trees in your neighborhood - they're a good indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem in which you live. Large...
A Recipe for Sustainability
What is the state of our urban forests? It's a question we've been asked - and we've asked ourselves - a lot lately That's partly because we're headed south to Atlanta for the 8th National Urban Forest Conference, a biennial gathering of people who care...
Atlanta: Positive Energy, Positive Future?
Atlanta is a city defined by the Olympics. The 1996 Summer Games left their mark on this fast-growing capital city, both in appearance and in the thinking of its citizens. There is more housing, more safety measures, more trees. People have a more positive...
Banking on Citizen Action
FROM HELPING TO PROMOTE TOURISM TO CREATING JOBS, TREE GROUPS ARE PROVING THEY'RE A CASH CROP FOR COMMUNITIES. Nonprofit tree groups are traditionally known for the environmental, social, and psychological support they give their communities. But as...
Click Here for Cleaner Air
SCIENTISTS SAY TREES MAKE US BREATHE EASIER. HERE'S HOW. Imagine your hometown is one of the nearly 100 U.S. cities in violation of EPA's new standard for ozone pollution. You're in a community meeting, listening to an engineer propose a novel solution....
Greenways: Paths to the Future
As communities across the country seek to build sustainable futures, they are mapping in paths of green from spaces like old railway lines, former canal routes, and deteriorating riverfronts. As cities try to work more harmoniously with nature, they...
Healing the Soil, Healing the Earth
What inspires a person to be kind and generous after enduring poverty, cruelty, and loneliness? The story of Jerry Chlypniacz - a native of Ukraine who has raised more than $4000 for AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf for Chernobyl project - answers that...
The Ahwahnee Principles
Urban sprawl seriously impairs our quality of life, but by drawing from the past and the present, communities can more successfully serve those who live and work within them. In 1991 California's Local Government Commission asked six nationally recognized...
The Environmental Consequences of Urbanization
Land-use patterns are drastically changing the country's landscape. Communities are faced with a universal issue: highways, commercial strips, office and retail centers, and housing at various densities are replacing forest cover, riparian buffers, natural...
The Essence of Sustainable Planning
Planning and sustainability are naturally complementary ideas. It is all too easy, however, to maintain unsustainable practices, whether the issue is forestry, recycling, or urban sprawl. Sustainable development requires community or regional decisions...
The Urbanizing of NRCS
When the former Soil Conservation Service rethought its way of helping localities, it came up with 50 good reasons why computer mapping does the trick. The Soil Conservation Service was created during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s to provide landowners...
Working Together to Preserve America's Forests
Recent legislation is forcing the U.S. Forest Service and nearby communities to work at transforming an oft-strained relationship into a cooperative one. That job might be eased by a new study, which appears in April's Journal of Forestry, conducted...
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