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. 116, No. 4, Winter

20 Years of International ReLeaf: Decades after the First Global ReLeaf International Project, We Revisit Our Partners in Hungary
Twenty years is a long time--I think to myself as I walk along the beautiful sycamore-lined avenue near the Danube River in Nagymaros, Hungary. The afternoon sun on the bark of the trees brings up memories. The first tree of the Hungarian ReLeaf effort...
Alien Invasion: As Invasive, Non-Native Plants Take over Swaths of Our Nations Forests, We're Fighting Back
The mile-a-minute weed's delicate, triangular leaves look bucolic enough, but I'm snatching handfuls of it off scraggly bushes that cower beneath. Petite thorns curve backward and claw at clothing; where they graze my forearms, itchy red bumps irritate...
A New Day at American Forests: New Leadership and New Ideas Bring a New Era to the Organization
First, let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Scott Steen, and I am honored to be the new chief executive officer of American Forests. Six weeks into the job, I am still amazed by the incredible richness of this organization's legacy....
A Silver Lining to the Beetle Epidemic?
While the bark beetle epidemic has been wreaking havoc in forests throughout Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West, one man is taking advantage of the massive number of fallen trees. For the last thirty years, Cody, Wyoming resident Randy Olson has...
Changes to Seattle's Tree Ordinances
Lush urban forests and sprawling evergreen landscape helped earn Seattle the nickname Emerald City. So it should come as no surprise that tree lovers are upset over proposed changes to city ordinances that would eliminate the protection of large, exceptional...
Edible Landscapes: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Combines Urban Forestry and Urban Agriculture
In the 17th century, Philadelphia's founder William Penn envisioned it as a "green country towne," even naming its streets after walnut, chestnut, and cherry trees. Today, it is home to America's largest urban park system, and mature trees from gingko...
Every Tree Tells a Story: Even Young Trees Have Witnessed Towns Develop, Presidents Pass, Cultural Movements Evolve, and Children Grow into Adults. Every Tree, Young or Old, Has a Story
While remarkable or historic buildings and landmarks are often preserved from the surge of development, it is rare for significant natural landscapes to get the same appreciation and protection. That is why the work of The Cultural Landscape Foundation...
Forests for Fish: In Marin County, California, Efforts to Protect the Endangered Coho Salmon Have Led to Conservation Work and Controversial County Ordinances
Lagunitas Creek begins on a mountain and ends at a bay that empties into the sea. In the middle, a good stretch of its 20-mile journey flows through a valley tilled with big-leaf maple, Douglas fir, and other native riparian trees; home to one of California's...
Historic Arboretum in Maine
Since 1991, the horticulture department at Waldoboro, Maine's Medomak Valley High School has been planting, harvesting, and selling heirloom seeds through their in-house Medomak Valley Heirloom Seed Project. This project offers nearly 850 seed varieties,...
Museum Brat Finds Niche in Nature: Growing Up around Art and Nature Shaped This Naturalist's Future
For over 40 years, artist, educator, and naturalist Larry Eifert has been a "working artist of nature." He has published nature guidebooks for national parks, such as Badlands National Park in South Dakota and Big Bend National Park in Texas. His interpretive...
Tree Doctor by the Davey Expert Tree Co
Trees Dropping Fruit Q: This is the first year that my Johnny Appleseed tree is bearing fruit. Is it common for the fruit to fall off prematurely, or is there something else going on with the tree that I need to address? There are some "rust spots"...
Winter
Hi! I'm Needles, an Evergreen Leader. I help evergreen trees reach for the sky! Evergreen trees grow in both warm and cold climates and stay green all year long. Coniferous evergreens such as the pine, spruce, and fir are special because they are...
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