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. 1-2, January-February

A Different Spin
Timothy Egan's upbeat article, "Oregon, Foiling Forecasters, Thrives as It Protects Owls," in the October 11 New York Times, was heartening to anyone who cares about having both a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Unfortunately, what Mr. Egan's...
Do Cougars Exist in the East?
That depends on whom you ask--and how "pure" a creature you'll accept. IN NOVEMBER 1992, biologists for the Canadian province of New Brunswick checked out a report of unusual tracks in the along a logging road within a hundred miles of the Maine border....
MOFEP: Scoping the Forests of the Future
If long-term ecosystem management is a goal for the future, it will need long-term research to back it up. To do that, forest and wildlife managers must set aside land, have budgetary support, and have plenty of researchers available--all with long-term...
Oregon Thrives as It Protects Owls
Our top timber state has apparently foiled forcasts of economic disaster in the wake of logging bans. But is all well in the woods? BY NOW, THE timber communities of Oregon were supposed to be ghost towns. There was going to be an epidemic of foreclosures,...
Return of the Cougar
Predator personified, our biggest cat seems to be slowly gaining in numbers. But it remains a wraith in our imagination, and that is as it should be. "HARLEY, I THINK I FOUND ONE." Harley Shaw walks over and follows my gaze to the ground at my feet....
Saving the Trees That Kill Each Other
Trenching and neighborhood teamwork are two of the tactics used to fight oak wilt, a wicked disease that is epidemic in Austin. BILL PETERS went to a meeting of his neighborhood association and learned to his horror that his yard is one of the centers...
Stone-Dead and Oily
This strange title describes the raw materials that stoke our energy hunger and drive public laws and taxes that favor fuels over forests. It's time we stood up for changes. Here's how. OFF SEWARD, ALASKA, LAST SEPTEMBER, our boat wallowed in steel-gray...
The Alien Saltcedar
Tough, prolific, and exclusionary, the tamarisk is "planta non grata" in the Southwest, but it's apparently here to stay. It's probably just as well that the name of the first person to plant a saltcedar in the Southwest is lost to history. He, or she,...
The Quincy Library Group
POSTED: No clearcutting on U.S. Forest Service land. No logging or grazing near streams. Timber processed at local mills. By mutual decree of loggers and environmentalists. IF THE "POSTED" sign at right sounds like a scene from The Peaceable Kingdom,...
The Woodlot
AMID THE SOOTY DESTRUCTION OF A FIRE, THE NEW OWNERS MAKE SOME DISCOVERIES. IT'S JUST A SMALL woodlot--maybe five acres, practically in town. It was the primary reason we chose this 11-acre tract. Deer wander into the meadow, stop to drink at the creek,...
Tragedy at Storm King
Three survivors describe what it was like in the eye of one of the worst blowups of the deadliest fire season in history. IT STARTED, AS MANY forest fires do, with a bolt of lightning. The lightning singed a lone pine on Colorado's Storm King Mountain,...
Watch out, Barney - It's Mollie Mole!
If they can shinny up to a seat on the first branch or hide out in a neighbor's tree house, most kids take naturally to trees. But when it comes to teaching them specifics like root systems or tree identification, the subject is more likely to produce...
Whose Trees Are at Risk?
NATIONWIDE, OAK wilt has been found in 22 states, but only Texas has an epidemic. The reason for the Lone Star State's plight is a semi-monoculture of live oaks. Nearly pure stands are characteristic of Austin and the surrounding woodlands of central...
Wilderness and the Human Spirit
Something powerful is happening out there as programs like Wilderness Discovery help disadvantaged kids find new horizons. FRIENDLY HOOTS, whistles, and applause filled the dining hall as students at the Curlew Job Corps Center operated in Washington...
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