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. 118, No. 2, Summer

A Legacy of Service
THE LEGACIES of organizations and movements are really the legacies of individuals who act for the greater good. American Forests' legacy over the past few decades has been shaped in no small part by Zane Smith, who stepped down in May after nearly...
Beauty of the Bosque
BOSQUE--SPAN ISM FOR WOODS--was one of the first new words I learned after moving from the rainforest of Olympia, Wash., to the desert of Albuquerque, N.M. I discovered this word--and an entirely new idea about what constitutes a forest--on my first...
By the People, for the People: The Creation of Acadia National Park
JUST OFF THE COAST OF MAINE sits a large, rugged, rocky island that has been home to various groups of people for thousands of years. In 1604, French explorer Samuel de Champlain noted the large, knob-like peaks that occupied the otherwise barren landscape...
Camping under a Canopy
SUMMER TIME IS CAMPING TIME. After the erratic weather of spring and before the chill of fall, no time of year beckons our primal bonds like the warmth of a summer A evening. And no environment wraps us in close em race quite like a summer forest,...
Celebrating Big Trees
THIS SPRING, AMERICAN FORESTS unveiled the 2012 National Register of Big Trees, which recognizes more than 760 champion trees in 45 states and D.C. As with every new National Register, goodbyes were said (around 70 trees were dethroned), and newcomers...
Forest Entomologist Deborah McCullough
AMERICAN FORESTS' SCIENCE Advisory Board member Deborah McCullough is a professor in the Departments of Entomology and Forestry at Michigan State University. She studies a variety of forest insects, with recent research focusing on the emerald ash...
Foundation Preserves Texas Wildlife
AS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, AMERICAN FORESTS RELIES ON charitable gifts to do its work. Thousands of corporations, foundations and individuals make tax-deductible gifts each year to support our efforts to protect and restore threatened forests throughout...
Jesse Buff, Director of Forest Restoration
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON IN FEBRUARY, I VISITED THE Nooksak Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) in Bellingham, Washington. I was hoping to see the results of some of the Global ReLeaf program's earliest work and view current work underway. NSEA's...
Leave No Trace
Camping is a chance to get off the concrete, feel the mud between your toes and un-civilize for a spell. Embrace that. When I enter forests, I feel like a guest of that environment, honored with the opportunity to visit wild nature. With this perspective,...
Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
ONE OF THE MOST BIOLOGICALLY DIVERSE AREAS IN NORTH AMERICA sits along the border between Texas and Mexico, where the Rio Grande winds its way toward the Gulf of Mexico. The Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) encompasses no fewer than 11 different types...
North American Forests in the Age of Man
Imagine you are an alien from outer space, intelligent of course, who came to observe Earth and its less intelligent life forms around 200,000 years BP (before present). Your lifespan is in the millions of years, so you are quite patient and park yourself...
Protecting Tongass National Forest
FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, American Forests has worked for the protection and restoration of some our nation's--even the world's--most beautiful places. Forests entrance people from all walks of life, and though it would be hard to select the "best"...
Seth Menter, Manager of Forest Restoration
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS IN THE EARLY SPRING, I HEADED down to Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley with our director of forest restoration, Jesse Buff, to check out our longest-running restoration project. For the past 15 years, we have partnered with...
Transition for Tongass: Once the Heart of Dozens of Logging Towns, Tongass National Forest Is Now Shifting Its Focus from Timber to Salmon, Creating a Ripple Effect for Local Economies and Ecosystems Alike
JIM LESLIE'S LIFE USED TO REVOLVE around cutting old-growth timber. These days the Vietnam vet and longtime resident of Wrangell, Alaska, makes his living behind the wheel of jet boats, ferrying visitors to picturesque areas to view wildlife, glaciers...
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