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. 108, No. 2, Summer

A Gift to the Future: Walnut Trees Evoke the Value of Planting, Longevity, and Good Solid Wood. (Tree Stories)
Did you ever have a part-time job as a kid? I had one that really made an impression on me. From the time I was 12 years old until I was about 16, I worked at the Amana Furniture Shop, in Amana, Iowa, where fine furniture was handmade by craftsmen....
A Tree of the Wild, Wild West. (Highlighting Historic Trees)
Growing up, I always loved stories of adventure, especially those of the American "Wild West." As I grew older, I discovered that one of those old-time heroes, the lawman Wyatt Earp, grew up near my hometown in Iowa. Earp and his brothers started life...
Black Christmas: In Australia, a Year-End Wildfire Destroyed Homes, Killed Wildlife and Burned Nearly 2 Million Acres. the Effects-And What to Do Next-Are Still Being Decided
As the long days of Australia's hot summer crept towards Christmas 2001, park rangers, firefighters, and people living in wooded areas listened to the weather forecasts with growing dread. Usually the southern hemisphere's summer months, which are...
Homage: In the Wake of September Eleventh, American Forests Decided to Do What We Do Best; Plant Trees. (American Forest Annual Report 2001)
The year 2001 was a year full of challenges. The economic downturn was capped with despicable acts of terrorism. In the wake of September 11, AMERICAN FORESTS decided to do what we do best: plant trees. As we had done after World War I and subsequent...
Letters
MORE ON BIG TREES editor: In regards to your Spring issue of the National Register of Big Trees 2002-2003, you have listed on page 19, [under] American Chestnut (Castenee denteta), a tree in Carson, Washington. This tree has been examined by...
Picturing Yosemite: This Unique Course Offers an Artful Way to Show Forestry Students Just How Influential Their Decisions Can Be
It's barely light as three dozen sleepy-eyed students with loaded backpacks greet one another on the campus of the University of california-Berkeley. We're here for a field trip, but the goal is much loftier than just admiring new scenery. These forestry...
Remembering a 1921 Memorial the Grove. (News from the World of Trees)
As AMERICAN FORESTS continues its campaign to plant a memorial tree for each victim of September 11th, the organization recently had an opportunity to revisit one of the groves that started it all. Local Girl Scouts and veterans groups teamed up...
Special Trees: It's Not the Size or Species, but the Attributes and Emotions We Give Them That Make Our Arboreal Neighbors So Valued. (Editorial)
In our last issue, we highlighted some special trees--the largest of their species--in AMERICAN FORESTS' National Register of Big Trees. These National Champions are symbols of arboreal grandeur and symbolic of our need to conserve our precious natural...
Stalwart Species: Tenacious and Rugged, the Fire-Dependent Whitebark Pine Endures Where Most Other Trees Fail
Whitebark pine tends to feel at home high above sea level, up on windswept slopes dominated by long winters and low temperatures. It's a tree that finds comfort in the wildest of our wild places, a specialist that approaches life with rugged attitude...
Supporting Roles for Leafy Celebs. (News from the World of Trees)
From Clint Eastwood to Texas' proud tree owner Billy Finch, the April release of AMERICAN FORESTS' 2002-2003 National Register of Big Trees caused a stir in the world of trees. Eastwood's bluegum eucalyptus had another tree owner saying, "Make my...
Taking a Measure of Community: When These North Carolina Towns Assess Their Tree Cover, the Instruments Are High Tech, the Research Is Far-Reaching, and the Practioners Are in Their Teens. (Communities)
Terms like "map layer," "vector," and "GPS unit" are not common parlance on most middle school playgrounds. But, then again, most 5th graders don't have mentors like Charles Carter and Keosha Johnson. Once a week the high school juniors teach the...
The Prized Black Walnut. (in Profile)
For Americans, there's no uncertainty about the eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra): Either you love it or you hate it. On the plus side, the tree offers some of the finest wood available to craftsman; on the negative side, it can make life miserable...
The Sweet Sound of Liberty
If you were given a raw chunk of America's past, a piece so rare its likes will never be seen again, and you wanted to create a lasting memorial, one that paid homage to the nation's past in a way that was beautiful and reverent, what would your memorial...
Washington Outlook
Legislative debate on the 2002 Farm Bill came to a close in early May when Congress passed and President Bush signed the "Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002" (H.R. 2646). Many in the media focused on the broad politics of the bill. Congressional...
Wildfire on Tour. (News from the World of Trees)
Showing the vital link between healthy forests and healthy communities was the goal of AMERICAN FORESTS' recent two-day media field tour in Colorado's San Juan National Forest. The tour, attended by a handful of reporters from around the country, drew...
Yanks Make a Pitch for Memorial Trees. (News from the World of Trees)
Come September, the 26-time world champion New York Yankees are slated to be hitting home runs in the direction of a special tree. The team has joined an AMERICAN FORESTS campaign to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11, and will begin with a planting...
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