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. 102, No. 2, Spring

Atlanta's Changing Environment
Nationwide, cities are grappling with the growth of so-called heat islands and the effects of a changing landscape on local ecosystems. There may be no better example of a community in transition than Atlanta - a mid-sized southern city turned regional...
Cool Communities Program Blooms in Dade County
A marathon planting project in Dade County, Florida, this spring will add hundreds of trees to local neighborhoods. The Cool Communities Plant-A-Thon, held from April 26 through May 18, will offer proof of trees' cooling power - not just on single buildings,...
Face-to-Face Replaces In-Your-Face
With forest-policy tensions high, the Seventh American Forest Congress was faced with a tough challenge: Hold four days of roundtable talk that dodged the fireworks and still remained productive. "A shot in the arm for a flagging democracy," was how...
Gold Medal Trees
A honeylocust and water oak linked to Olympian Jesse Owens offer a unique way to enjoy this summer's festivities. As citizens across Georgia and around the country prepare for this summer's Olympic Games in Atlanta, many are taking time to remember...
Joy-Bird
Visualize a crystalline mountain stream tumbling down a forested, rock-strewn, western canyon. Then complete the picture with just the right touch: a small gray bird bobbing up and down on a rock. You may have seen this remarkable creature but then...
Remembering Chornobyl
A grove in Florida and a tree-planting program in Ukraine pay tribute to victims of the world's worst nuclear disaster. Ten years after the world's worst nuclear disaster, efforts are underway to honor its victims and bring comfort to the thousands...
Returning Diversity - and Nuts - to Bottomland Forests
"They're not far away now. Up on that ridge ahead," said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forester Kevin Porteck as he led me through a tangled mass of nettles. A ridge usually means a fairly drastic change in elevation. But only for those not used to rambling...
Slovakia Loses an Environmental Leader
Slovakia's environmental movement suffered a setback last fall when it lost one of its leaders, Milan Kapusta. A forester by trade and one of Slovakia's most dedicated environmentalists by choice, he was killed in a fall at Yellowstone National Park...
Sprinting toward Sustainability
For days, Atlanta's July 1995 heat hit a searing 95 to 100 degrees, with humidity to match. As depressing haze from milk-white skies blanketed the city, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) was clearly concerned. What if this broiling scenario...
Streamside Forests: Keys to the Living Landscape
Under siege from pollution and overuse, these once-overlooked biological hot spots are now heralded as the lifeblood of our ecosystems. There's no sign that the Chesapeake Bay is anywhere near Jerry Stautberg's farm. Peer into the distance from the...
The Drought Busters
It takes a tough tree or shrub to stand up to the West's heat and scarce water. Here's 10 that make the grade. I have two words of advice for those who would drench the sere West in an attempt to grow water-loving trees and shrubs: forget it. Not only...
Thinking Sustainably
Sustainability. It's a much bandied-about word these days, and it has as many definitions as it has supporters and detractors. At AMERICAN FORESTS, we define a sustainable ecosystem as one that will remain healthy and thriving for the long term. There's...
Thumbs Up for Streams' High-Fiber Diet
Glade stream's wood habit is fed daily by the bark, twigs, branches, seeds, and leaves that fall from trees and shrubs along its banks. Every few months the stream binges on several tons of fresh wood as whole trees topple in. I walk frequently in the...
Translating Trees into a Cooler Future
We heard variations on the adage at left recently as we traveled throughout Eastern Europe helping people regreen their environment. We were there representing the forestry sector of the federal government's Country Studies Program, begun in 1992 to...
Wolf Update
There have been a few losses, an unexpected litter, and the money's been a bit tight, but those involved in the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone say they're pleased with the first year of the program. In fact, the reintroduction plan is ahead...
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