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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. 4, Winter

Adventures in Tree Measurement
How do you measure the height of a tree when the view of the canopy is obstructed? This is something I immediately had to learn during a Native Tree Society (NTS) advanced tree measuring workshop at Cook Forest State Park in Pennsylvania with Laser...
American Forests Introduces Meeting ReLeaf
AMERICAN FORESTS HAS ENABLED THE PLANTING OF MORE THAN 42 MILLION TREES through our Global ReLeaf program since 1990. Now, we are excited to have recently introduced a new program to follow in Global ReLeaf's footsteps: Meeting ReLeaf. Meeting ReLeaf...
A New Year for Forest Policy
IT'S A NEW YEAR FLAVORED BY a new session of Congress and the start of a new term for President Obama. Even with the re-election of incumbent members of Congress and the continuation of the same administration, new faces are arriving on the scene....
An Ivy League Forest
You can't really see the forest without looking closely at the trees.AFTER SAWING AWAY SURFACE LEAVES AND MOSS with a bread knife, Dr. David Foster presses a Russian corer into the black gum swamp. After a sharp yank, the tool brings up a half-meter...
An Ivy League Forest: You Can't Really See the Forest without Looking Closely at the Trees
AFTER SAWING AWAY SURFACE LEAVES AND MOSS with a bread knife, Dr. David Foster presses a Russian corer into the black gum swamp. After a sharp yank, the tool brings up a half-meter core of oozy, gray silt. Extension rods bring up deeper cores, revealing...
Cook vs. Mohawk: Where the Tall Trees Grow
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, which northeastern forest is the tallest of them all? Is it Cook or is it Mohawk? The mirror isn't telling, but the Native Tree Society (NTS) is devoting a lot of time and energy to answering that question. Since 1997,...
Forest Policy Expert Jonathan Kusel
AMERICAN FORESTS SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD member Dr. Jonathan Kusel is the founder and executive director of Sierra Institute for Community and Environment. His research focuses on social indicator use and evaluation, community well-being and assessment,...
Growing Forests in Our Own Backyards
WHEN YOU HEAR the word "forest," what do you think of? The mighty redwood forests of northern California with thousand-year-old trees rising hundreds of feet into the air? The majestic pine forests of the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West? The eastern...
Passing the Torch: Sustainable Farming in Honduran Communities
THE ROADS LEADING TO LA MAJADA AND Brisas del Mar, Santa Barbara, paint a stark contrast to Honduras' large cities. Urban noise and pollution give way to the peace and quiet of rural hillsides. Before long, however, evidence of massive deforestation...
Sugar Pine Restoration, Lake Tahoe, Calif. and Nev
DUE TO THEIR LOCATION IN THE north-central Sierra Nevada, the forests of Lake Tahoe enjoy wet, cool winters and warm, dry summers. These conditions make for some of the most productive timber lands in the United States. Equally impressive are the various...
Taking Action against EAB
If you are wondering what can be done about this threat to the environment, you are not alone. As emerald ash borer spreads across the United States, concerned communities, experts and policymakers are looking to educate and take action. The most effective...
THE Language OF Bark
The search for a better all-season field guide inspires a closer look at the unexpected beauty of bark.I SPOT THE NEON-ORANGE flag, unmistakable among the more earthly hues of October leaves, and crash through the underbrush to reach it. I quickly begin...
The Language of Bark: The Search for a Better All-Season Field Guide Inspires a Closer Look at the Unexpected Beauty of Bark
SPOT THE NEON-ORANGE flag, unmistakable among the more earthly hues of October leaves, and crash through the underbrush to reach it. I quickly begin cataloguing the surrounding trees. On a low-hanging branch, I find familiar looking needles and record...
Tree Doctor
Encouraging DiversityQ: Quite a few boxelder trees have grown up on our hill that runs down into a wetland. They are the only trees growing there except sumac along the edges of the woods. Should we let the hill remain just boxelder or plant another...
Will We Kiss Our Ash Goodbye?
An ecological catastrophe is unfolding across the upper Midwest and is spreading outward, as scientists struggle to find solutions to the latest insect invasion: emerald ash borer.IT'S NOT LIKE WE haven't seen this sort of thing before. In the early...
Will We Kiss Our Ash Goodbye? an Ecological Catastrophe Is Unfolding across the Upper Midwest and Is Spreading Outward, as Scientists Struggle to Find Solutions to the Latest Insect Invasion: Emerald Ash Borer
IT'S NOT LIKE WE haven't seen this sort of thing before. In the early 1900s, people who lived in the eastern U.S. watched chestnut blight, an exotic pathogen, roll through, killing large and small trees and altering the hardwood forest forever. A few...
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