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. 118, No. 1, Spring

A Big Tree Adventure in Bogachiel Valley: Traversin Trails and Rapids through One of Amierica's Most Pristine Forests, a Big-Tree Hunter Searches for a Champion That Few Living Souls Have Seen,
STEPPING INTO THE RAINFOREST, I stood motionless; letting my eyes adjust to the dim light. Three gargantuan Sitka spruce trees came into focus. growing in a perfect row from a carpet of coarse moss that covered everything --decaying logs, huckleberry...
American Forests & IKEA Plant Two-Millionth Tree
IKEA HAS BEEN A DEDICATED conservation partner of American Forests for more than a decade. The IKEA partnership has grown over the years and enabled millions of consumers to take positive environmental action by supporting Global ReLeaf tree plantings...
Blakwater: For the Birds: It's Almost like Being at Sea: Driving a Car among the Limitless Marshes under a Montana-Size Sky at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland's Eastern Shore. That's the Way Most People Experience This Watery World, as a Pleasant Drive with Stops for Bird Sightings, Hikes on Forest Trails and Amazing Photo Opportunities
A HALF-HOUR WEST OF CAMBRIDGE, Maryland, this marshy edge of the Chesapeake Bay attracts hunters, anglers, kayakers, cyclists, hikers, birders and photographers. Soon, they're likely to be joined by history buffs: visitors to Maryland's Harriet Tubman...
Cypress Cankers
Q: My Leyland cypresses are dying from the bottom up, and it's spreading from tree to tree. is this blight or some kind of insect? A: It the tree is really a Leyland cypress, the likely culprit is Seiridium canker. This could eventually kill the...
Death of the Senaor
THE WORLD OF CHAMPION TREES was dealt a tough blow on January 16, 2012, when the ancient bald cypress known as The Senator fell to a fire. Though not officially a national champion, The Senator's sheer size and age made it one of the most remarkable...
Forester Robert Mangold
AMERICAN FORESTS' SCIENCE Advisory Board member Dr. Robert Mangold has a long history in the field afforest management, including 23 years with the USDA Forest Service, where he now serves as director of Forest Health Protection. His accomplishments...
Forest Hero Awards
ON FEBRUARY 9, AS PART OF the ceremony to wrap up the United Nations-designated International Year of Forests, the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat announced the winners of the Forest Hero Awards. These awards went to five individuals (one from each...
Forest Service Updates Planning Rule and Restoration Plans
THE BEGINNING OF 2012 USHERED IN SOME big changes for America's forests that will better equip the USDA Forest Service to meet its goal to "sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present...
Forests for Fifty
THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, AMERICAN FORESTS' GLOBAL RELEAF PROGRAM has planted trees in all 50 U.S. states, but never as part of one campaign--until now. As part of "Forests for Fifty," 2011 and 2012 Global ReLeaf projects will encompass every American...
Menominee Forest Keepers
PHOTOGRAPHS SHOT BY satellites high above the earth show something very distinctive in the Upper Midwest--a clearly outlined, deep-green rectangle. They're images of Menominee Forest, the centerpiece of the 235,000-acre Menominee Reservation in north-eastern...
Mercury in the Woods
FORYEARS, SCIENTISTS WHO study mercury have traced its path through wetlands. They've measured it in the water and the sediment, from algae to eagle. But they haven't paid nearly as much attention to forests, where ominous warnings have been overlooked:...
North American Forests in the Age of Nature
From out of the north, it came. Inanimate, inexorable and indifferent: Nothing could withstand its cancerous growth. With the patience of inevitability, it slowly consume North America. It chewed up the terrain, pulverized granite and left nothing...
Priority ReLeaf, Missouri
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL Climatic Data Center, more than 1,000 tornados strike the U.S. on average each year. Last year surpassed that average: More than 1,600 twisters hit in 2011, taking more than 500 lives and causing immense damage. In late May,...
The Future of Our Mission
IN 1969, SENATOR GAYLORD Nelson of Wisconsin had a big idea. After seeing the devastation caused by a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, Nelson hoped to harness the energy of the 60s student movements in ways that could place...
Urban Forests and the Farm Bill
AMERICAN FORESTS IS PLEASED to be a member of The Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition--a diverse group of community nonprofits, national associations, arborists, foresters and other professionals who work together to monitor, care and advocate for...
Yellow-Cedar Mystery Solved
FOR THE BETTER PART OF THE LAST CENTURY, SWATHS OF yellow-cedar trees have been dying. The phenomenon, called yellow-cedar decline, has affected more than 60 percent of trees in a 600,000-acre region stretching across Alaska and British Columbia. Despite...
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