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. 99, No. 3-4, March-April

A Geography of State Trees
There's a lot of history, natural and otherwise, in these sound-bite portraits of the trees symbolizing each of the 50 states. If, like many people, your reading preferences lean toward a mix of intrigue, poignance, and wry politics, you might reach...
Cactus Condo
Tree or not, the surprisingly fragile saguaro is a symbol of the desert Southwest--and it's in trouble. Does a grove of giant saguaro cactus constitute a forest? We think of forests as being made up of trees, and trees are defined as "perennial plants...
Ecosystem Management: A Leap Ahead
Every organization needs an "organizing principle" around which it focuses its activities. This is different from a "mission statement" in that it is often more of a concept that continually affects how the organization handles the opportunities and...
Endgame for the Northern Forest?
Gridlock between contending interests is dimming the once-bright promise of an innovative blueprint for the stewardship of 25 million coveted acres from the Adirondacks to Maine. Three years ago I described the dramatic events reshaping the Northern...
Forestland Giveaway
In a land-claim settlement that pleases almost no one, the feds plan to dole out half a million acres of forest--including 200,000 that belong to all of us. Tucked away at the offices of the U.S. Geological Survey is a map of the lower 48 states, color-coded...
How Nature Really Works
A gaggle of "new ecologists" is debunking the sacred commandments of environmentalism and working to bring order to nature's chaos. History laughs at Denmark's legendary King Canute, who waded into the waves and ordered the tide to retreat. More and...
Lending a Hand in Dade
"Cool Communities is a program that clearly makes sense," said Dade County Commissioner Charles Dusseau. "It makes sense to plant trees to make our community beautiful. It makes sense to put them in places that have the greatest impact, and it obviously...
Log Exports: Is the Tide Turning?
The spotted owl and market forces may be achieving what decades of political activism could not--stemming the flow of unprocessed Northwest logs overseas. Even after a century of intensive logging, the forests of the Pacific Northwest contained astronomical...
Rx for Hawaii
For 17 years, Dr. Noa Emmett Aluli, a native Hawaiian, has been taking care of people's health on the island of Molokai. For the past 20, he's been looking out for their souls. Aluli says that Hawaiian tradition teaches that the original inhabitants...
The Biggest American Elm
So far the dreaded fungus hasn't crossed the Kansas plains to where this patriarch stands in regal isolation. Kansas is better known for its amber waves of grain than for towering trees, but its only state forest boasts the largest average tree size...
The Hand of Man
When I was a young man, I wanted to fell tall trees with a single blow. When I was a bit older, I wanted to fell tall trees where I wanted them to fall. When I was older still, I wanted to fell the right tree in the right place and for the right reason....
The Last Mountain
The Mt. Graham controversy raises fundamental questions about whether we humans should reach for the stars without coming to know the land at our feet. If you want to travel from Mexico to Canada, but have only half a day to spend, consider visiting...
The Mount Vernon American Holly
Offspring of one of Washington's favorite trees are now helping to restore a fabled garden on the estate. "No estate in United America is more pleasantly situated than this. It lies in a high, dry and healthy Country 300 miles by water from the Sea...
Tomorrow's House
The Missoula, Montana, Parade of Homes attracted the usual gamut of gawkers and dreamers. But many of those who wound their way up to builder Steve Loken's hillside house last September didn't realize that at this point in the parade they would be marching...
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