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. 3, Fall

Cloud Forest Ecosystem, Veracruz, Mexico
THE STATE OF VERACRUZ, LOCATED ON THE GULF SIDE OF MEXICO, IS known for the large number of birds that migrate to the area. An astonishing 67 percent of the 341 migratory species registered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pass through or winter...
Finding Strength and Solace in a Tree
EVELYN THOIVIPSON LAWRENCE'S story is about Sallie's Crying Tree, a large white oak growing near the town square in Marion. Virginia. This remarkable woman has spent a lifetime reminding people that this tree -- and others like it - represents our...
Forest Ecologist Jerry F. Franklin
AMERICAN FORESTS SCIENCE Advisory Board member Dr. Jerry F. Franklin is a professor of ecosystem analysis at the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington. He has been called the "father of new forestry" and is one of the country's leading...
Gerry Gray, Ph.D., Senior Vice President
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. AS PART OF AMERICAN FORESTS' current partnership with the U.S. Forest Service on urban forests, this summer, we co-sponsored a workshop on "Carbon Offsets & the Urban Forests" at the University of California, Davis. The workshop...
Keep Austin Green: For Decades, Austin and Its Residents Have Worked to Protect and Grow One of the City's Most Cost-Effective Ways to Reduce City Temperatures: Trees
IT GETS HOT IN TEXAS. The state's capital, Austin, experienced 90 days at temperatures higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in 2011, and each summer, the city basks in sunlight 75 percent of the time. With city buildings and paved streets reflecting...
Managing Forests against Insect Infestation
OUR NATION'S FORESTS ARE FACING an unprecedented epidemic. More than 41.7 million acres of trees across the western United States have been destroyed by bark beetles. Even more astonishing is that this number does not include death from other insects...
More Than Lakes: Tucked among Western New York's Finger Lakes Is a National Forest Haven for Hikers, Horseback Riders and More
"HIKING TAKES ME BACK IN TIME, TO MY ANCESTORS and then the distant past," says Lynda Rummel, a retired university professor. "Not so long ago, there was only hiking. Walking is the most basic form of human travel." Rummel, who lives near Branchport,...
Protecting Watersheds as the World Heats Up
BACK IN JULY, I spent some time in California visiting with Myra Goodman, the co-founder of Earthbound Farm and a longtime supporter of American Forests, and Jonathan Kusel, an American Forests Science Advisory Board member and the executive director...
Recovering from Disaster: After Natural Catastrophes, Forests and Communities Heal Together
WHEN A HURRICANE HITS THE COAST OR A TORNADO rips through the countryside, they create devastation - wrecking natural landscapes, as well as lives and livelihoods. Hurricane Katrina affected five million acres of forest across Mississippi, Louisiana...
Saving a Species: The Decline of Whitebark Pines Threatens the Greater Yellowstone Area, as Researchers Search for Solutions
KARL BUERMEYER STOPS HIS WHITE PICKUP ON THE SIDE OF A DIRT road and motions to a few whitebark pine trees rising from a mat of pinkish-purple fireweed. On one of the tree trunks, there's a scar of missing bark. Thick streams of now-solidified sap...
Tree Doctor
Watering Issues Q: I planted two trees in my yard. One of them has yellow leaves now, and some branches have no leaves at all. The trunk is about four inches, and the tree is about six years old. We water them and have bark at the base to hold moisture....
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