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. 101, No. 7-8, July-August

A Walk in a Taxable Forest
Many miles and moons ago, four people took a walk in the Chadbourne family's piney woods near Bethel, Maine. The four walkers were me, my wife Barbara, Phil Chadbourne, and his son Bob. I remember fluffy white clouds in a crackling blue sky and the tang...
Before the Mast
It takes a "magical" tree to make a skipjack seaworthy. This is the story of a historic wooden sailing boat and a majestic tree that was growing tall before the American Revolution. It's also about an environmentalist whose decisions will affect the...
Caribou and You
While the feds and their faulters argue about how to manage habitat, a remnant herd of these odd creatures struggles to survive. A Woodland caribou nibbles lichen from the branch of an ancient Douglas-fir, its hooves making wide craters in the snow....
Fighting Fire with Fire
It's a promising tool, this idea of prescribed burning to defuel forests and help restore ecosystem health. But it's risky business, too, and smoke clouds public acceptance. I THOUGHT FIRE SEASON HAD ENDED. BUT THE SCENT OF PINE SMOKE IN MY NOSTRILS...
How Barns and Backlots Get Nibbled to Nothing by Tax Codes
Family forests and swaybacked farm buildings are symbols of an economic system gone to seed. But here's an idea you can bank on. Many people seemed shocked to discover that millions of acres formerly worked for pastures and crops by rural American families...
Living with Fire
When city dwellers head for the woods, they must exchange street smarts for wildfire savvy. From their recently rebuilt back porch, Bill and Karen McClung can see the ridge over which the 1991 Oakland fire swept, destroying 3,500 homes - including their...
PB: The Smoking Gun
Can we use fire to make forests healthier without running afoul of public attitudes and Clean Air Standards? ONE OF THE MAJOR CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CURRENT FOREST-HEALTH SITUATION IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES IS THE ALMOST-CERTAIN OCCURRENCE...
Restaking the Claim
Public forests are primary targets in a growing push for "home rule" in the West A county commissioner in remote Nye County, Nevada, climbs aboard a D-7 bulldozer and reopens 400 feet of closed road within Toiyabe National Forest, as a Fourth of July...
Seeing the Big Picture
New Yorkers who are frustrated with the bureaucracy may be seeing only part of the picture. First of all, the urban forest of a city like New York is surprisingly diverse. Of the five boroughs, Queens has the most trees and Staten Island is the most...
To Take Up the Torch
The Secretary of the Interior takes a look at the hidden risks of fire exclusion, and proposes a new approach to returning flame to its rightful place in western forests. JUST NORTH OF INTERSTATE 70 IN THE COLORADO ROCKIES RISE THE NOW-CHARRED SLOPES...
Trees of Home: Pruning Red Tape in the Urban Forest
When the nearest tree is outside your apartment door or down at the local park, taking care of it or planting a new one can be a monumental hassle. Here's how New Yorkers work the bureaucracy. In 1991 when Felix Arias moved to a public housing project...
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