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. 100, No. 11-12, November-December

A Dibble for Christmas
A CORNUCOPIA OF GIFT IDEAS FOR THE TREE LOVER--FROM TOOLS TO DROOL FOR TO BIODEGRADABLE BIRDHOUSES TO HIGH-REACH PRUNERS. IF WE HAD NOT invented tools to help us cope with natural events, we humans would probably exist today only as fossils. The flip...
A New Forestry Epoch?
As we have worked with the forest-health issue over the past few years, it has become clear that a new relationship between people and forests is rapidly emerging. Just how that new relationship will be translated into specific management actions on...
Making a Little Difference
Planting a bosky border brings reflections about how we humans measure up to the trees in our lives. I WAS RACING against the clock--against the threat of being overtaken by a rush of early snow and deep frost. My muscles yearned for rest. My fingers...
Reforesting Appalachia's Coal Lands
NEW FINDINGS ARE SHOWING THAT MINELAND RECLAMATION TAILORED FOR COMMERCIAL FORESTS IS BEST FOR THE LAND, THE OWNERS, AND SOCIETY IN GENERAL. A VISITOR TO CENTRAL Appalachia might wonder what its remote, hilly, heavily strip-minded terrain is good for--aside...
Riverboat Releaf
Groves of historic trees--delivered by paddlewheeler-- will soon grace a group of Old Muddy flood towns. HISTORIC paddlewheelers bring to mind images of high-stakes gamblers and the stories of Mark Twain. Now they're adding a new role: bringing relief...
Satellites Track Trees
"In my mind, the Savannah Tree Foundation's study was the top-rated project in Georgia last year and in the whole history of the Georgia Forestry Commission," says Sharon Dolliver, the Commission's urban forestry coordinator. The research was funded...
See Dick and Jane Plant a Tree
For a first-grader, getting through one or two books is an outstanding accomplishment. So what would you call reading 60? Impossible? Not so in Crawfordville, Florida, where first-graders read an average of 60 books in a school year--some up to 130--and...
Shenandoah: Park on the Brink
EVEN TO FREQUENT VISITORS Shenandoah National Park looks pretty much like it always has, with its dense canopy of forest, its craggy peaks, its tumbling waterfalls, and its breathtaking overlooks. As fall moves over the Virginia mountains, the leaves...
The Great Agency Shakeout
Thousands have taken buyouts at the Forest Service and Soil Conservation Service. Here's a look at how it will affect our ability to manage public lands. WE'VE LOST OUR master sergeants," a senior manager-type at the Forest Service observed in weighing...
The Guanacaste Idea
The stakes are high and time is short as scientists try to create a living, working, profitable ecosystem in what is being called the largest restoration project ever attempteed in the tropics. ON A TORRID PLATEAU between a string of volcanoes and the...
The Jackson Trees
Here's a horticultural hobby with a personal twist and an environmental kicker. THE CHIEF'S GRANDSON was armed with a rifle, protection from the grizzly bears that occasionally lumber through Stevens Village, Alaska. Joyce and John Jackson, fresh from...
The "Kid Pasture" That Became a Working Forest
Will and Nancy Johnston wanted a family getaway place. After working all week in Washington, DC, and environs--Will as a cartographer for the CIA, Nancy in various roles for various other agencies--they wanted to get out of the city for weekends and...
The Sky above, the Trees Below: A Neighborhood Land-Use Scuffle Turns into a Satellite-Aided Fight for Forward Thinking in Urban/suburban Planning
WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you found out that your neighbor was about to clearcut his property and turn it into a wasteland of barren fill dirt? Gone would be stately pines, gone the rabbits and deer that make their home in your neighbor's woods and pastures,...
The Taking of the Tree
Celebrating a spiritual but joyful act of anticipation and memory. FOR ME, THE ESSENCE of Christmas isn't presents and carols and cheery greeting cards; it's the taking of a tree. The annual cutting of a Christmas tree is to this refugee of the prairie...
Why Wilderness?
SIGURD OLSON was a major player in the development of natural-resources conservation in this country. He was an ecologist a half-century before that term became an environmental buzzword. As wilderness ecologist for the Izaak Walton League, consultant...
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