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. 3-4, March-April

Bog Breath: Sleeper Factor in Global Warming?
The vast northern peatlands do a good job of storing carbon, but the stuff they burp up may be an even more noxious player in the greenhouse equation. Call it a sign of the times. Twelve years ago, NASA asked researchers at the USDA Forest Service's...
How to Deal with Plant Personalities
Some are type V (vertically assertive), some less competitive. To best motivate and stimulate them, show them the light. Trees are vertically assertive plant personalities. Access to sunlight is a key to success in plant competition, so trees concentrate...
Inside Ecosystems
Everybody and everything lives in one community or another. Your community may be in a city, the suburbs, or in a rural area, and it may be big or small. Most of us think of community in terms of social conditions, but it also has a biological meaning....
Jurassic Forest
A tree thought to be extinct since the dinosaurs has turned up in a remote Australian park. Last August David Mogul was out bush-walking, just north of Australia's Blue Mountains, when he found a small group of odd-looking trees. Intrigued, Mogul took...
Making Forests Work Better
I was a scientist with the Forest Service (USFS) for about 30 years before taking on the administrative role as chief of the agency in 1993. Most of my professional energy has been directed toward the study of forest ecosystems. Most of my time was spent...
Mater: Innovator
The ideas and energy of this Oregonian are turning woods "wastes" into makers of money and jobs. An old saying has it that one man's poison is another's meat. If you apply that philosophy to today's hard-pressed forest economy, you might well learn...
Smart Maps: Forestry's Newest Frontier
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a techie's Nintendo, but it's no game. It lets land managers create images that are the virtual reality of tomorrow's - or yesterday's - forests. My Alaskan nostalgia was rapidly succumbing to inflight queasiness...
Touring New York City's Ecosystem
Imagine a lush, deciduous forest where New York City now stands. Today, most of that original woodland is gone, but what remains is remarkably diverse and treasured by New Yorkers. Many of the city's panoramic views are found nestled among the 8,000...
Walk This Way on Earth Day
Earth Day walkers raise money to plant trees in southern Florida. Thousands of South Floridians will celebrate Earth Day's 25th anniversary on Saturday, April 22, by participating in the second annual Global ReLeaf Earth Day Walk for Trees in Miami....
We All Live Downstream
Drop by Drop, Stream by Stream, changing attitudes and growing activism are helping to restore the network of flowing waters that link us all. Back in 1979, Chicago Magazine ran an article titled "Our Friendless River." Describing the degradation of...
Why Forest Gridlock?
This nation's forests, particularly in the Inland West, are heading downhill because managers can't get untracked to do the necessary fixes. Two prominent observers lock horns as they probe the root causes. NEIL SAMPSON et al. ("Assessing Forest Ecosystem...
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