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. 113, No. 1, Spring

3 Million Trees Planned for 2007
AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf Forests program will plant 3 million trees this year in projects aimed at: replanting forests killed by wildfire, bugs, and drought; restoring unique habitats found only in Illinois, Maryland, and Texas; and improving...
Blending Nature with Development: First Steps toward an Environmental Ethos That Fits a Human-Networked World
On a sparkling June day in 2002, Donald Miller took a seat on a battered crate he had put down outside his dilapidated, weather-beaten barn, at the northern end of the Gallatin Valley in the vast, mountainous stretches of western Montana. His calves...
Community Group Gets Forestland
The checkerboard that defines Swan Valley, Montana, has a new green square. A $10.7 million agreement--reached last fall by the Trust for Public Land, Bonneville Power Administration, and Plum Creek Timber Company--protects 1,761 acres from development...
Cool the Globe, Plant a Tree: A Simple Step We All Can Take to Help Combat Global Warming
In the last several years, global warming has gone from a topic dismissed as wild speculation to a featured topic on wildly popular afternoon talk shows. Now, there is consensus among scientists, environmental advocates, business leaders, and television...
Goat-Getters
The Oakland and Berkeley hills in California are particularly ripe for fires. Past drought years and a bark beetle infestation that have killed off thousands of acres of trees combined with wild lands, steep slopes, winds, and thousands of homes and...
High on Conservation: This Washington State Forest Ecologist and Professor Shares Her Research, and Her Convictions, Literally from the Treetops
Aprofessor and forest ecologist shares her research--and her beliefs about connections with spirituality, health, and other subjects--literally from the treetops. Climbing 200-foot trees qualifies as an extreme sport, according to Tree Climbers...
Hope for Hemlocks?
In the last several years the hemlock woolly adelgid has decimated hemlock forests in the East, and until recently scientists were concerned the lacy conifer would go the way of the American chestnut. The adelgid is a tiny aphid-like insect from...
How the Human "Network" Collided with the Environment
AMERICAN FORESTS is leading the call to create a new vision for addressing the growing problem of environmental deterioration. As mankind has built webs of roads, levees, shipping lanes, and air routes to move people, goods, and information, it has...
Putting Community in Forests: A Look Back at the Evolution of American Forests' Policy Niche and toward Recommendations for Expanding the Role of Those Who Live Closest to the Land
In the mid-1990s AMERICAN FORESTS, with a mandate from its Board of Directors, began to search for a "durable niche" in forest policy. The board felt national forest policy dialogue was mired both in conflict and a complex transition toward ecosystem...
Return of the American Elm: A Beloved Classic, Long Missing from City Streets, Is Starting to Make a Comeback
If a tree is a good enough choice for the most famous address in the world, shouldn't it be good enough for the rest of us? When the mall in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was redesigned in 2003, the landscape architect asked those who care for...
Washington Outlook
Political brinkmanship is the current focus of attention in Washington, DC. The debate over the emergency supplemental spending bill, primarily for the Iraq war, appears to be leading Congress and the President toward a major political showdown. Nevertheless,...
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