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Articles from Vol. 101, No. 9, Autumn

10 Don't-Miss Parks in the Big Apple
Some small, green reasons why there's more to New York than just Central Park: A special guide for conference-goers. 1. WEEPING BEECH PARK: 37th Avenue and 144th Street, west of Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, Queens. This 2.1-acre park boasts one of...
A Dump No More
Innovative ideas applied in a harsh environment are restoring life to the planet's largest landfill. Picture a landfill. Now picture a plan to return it to its natural state - not careful groupings of trees like you might see in a park, but actual ecosystems...
As the Worm Turns
A dirty, rotten story about earthworms and fungi and what they are doing to the soils in our cities and suburbs. In the mid-1980s, Richard Pouyat, then a soil ecologist for the New York City Parks Department, spent his days roaming the forests in two...
Finding a Common Vision for America's Forests
Searching for 21st-century answers to 20th-century questions, citizens from all quarters consider the future of one of our greatest assets. Citizens, environmental organizations, and industry representatives will convene in Washington, DC, February...
Forest Talk on Coal River
To comprehend the crisis in the "mother forest" of central Appalachia you have to get beneath the canopy and listen. On a mid-December morning, my commuter plane enroute from Washington, DC, to Charleston, West Virginia, traverses in a matter of minutes...
Forest Therapy
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." John Muir It's a Friday afternoon. Things are piling up on your desk, your last vacation seems like a former life, and your facial tics keep better time than your watch. What to...
Green Grants for the Big Apple
Grants through the Global ReLeaf Fund for City Trees for projects throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will make the host community of the 7th National Urban Forest Conference cleaner, greener, and shadier than before AMERICAN FORESTS came...
Greenings from Harlem
Bernadette Cozart and Dr. Barbara Barlow are proof that if people work together, anything is possible. Barlow, a pediatric surgeon at Harlem Hospital, was troubled by the lack of safe places in Harlem for children to play. Cozart, a gardener for the...
Horticulture in Hell
It is known to voodoo priests as the Valley of the Serpents, an appropriate name for a rainforest clinging to life in the heart of one of Haiti's most hellish slums. The priests regard the forest as sacred, and environmentalists have lately been inclined...
Hot Cars & Hardwoods: Restoring Forests in the Big Apple Isn't Your Typical Silvicultural Exercise
The morning begins with the smell of ashes, a scent familiar to the foresters in the New York City Parks Foundation's five-year, $6.2 million campaign to protect and restore 5,000 acres of hardwoods. Anthony Emmerich, project director, and Mark Busciano,...
Is Forest Management Harming Songbirds?
It has been several years since Richard DeGraaf has heard a whip-poor-will sing in the big woods of New England. As chief research wildlife biologist for the USDA Forest Service's Northeast Forest Experiment Station, DeGraaf recalls when the countryside...
Leaner, Keener, and Greener
This issue of AMERICAN FORESTS is evolutionary, reflecting the many ways in which its parent organization of the same name is changing with the times. We are growing not bigger, 'but leaner and greener, exploring new ways to communicate with you that...
Penn's Sylva: Forests Regained
If you have read this issue's lead feature ("The Great Green East: Lands Everyone Wants," by Carl Reidel), perhaps you are already energized about the current state of the forests of the eastern United States. This "Green Side Up" column, departing from...
The Bronx's Old Growth Lab
Deep in the heart of the Bronx, you can find something very rare in the United States - an old-growth forest. In fact, it's the largest remnant of the original forest that once existed in the New York metro area. Some 40 acres at the New York Botanical...
The Great Green East: Lands Everyone Wants
Amazingly diverse and resilient but in the throes of monumental change, eastern forests are sorely in need of a new system of nurturing that respects both the land and the people who make demands on it. The first Europeans to encounter the great forest...
Urban Ecosystems: Breakthroughs for City Green
I was 23, a year out of college, and enthusiastically engaged in my first permanent job. I was working for a big electric utility that covered most of the state, and we were doing big stuff. The company was into everything - housing developments, coal...
Vestpocket Forests ... in Unusual Places
Urban trees can be found high and low in penthouse terraces, postage-stamp gardens, even alleys. Before I began living aboard a sailboat on the Potomac river, I owned a condominium in a high-rise apartment building, the Richmond, six blocks from the...
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