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. 119, No. 1, Spring-Summer

Collaboration in Montana's Southwestern Crown
As in Canada, diverse stakeholders here in the U.S. have realized the value of collaboration. In Montana's Southwestern Crown of the Continent--part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex--timber, environmental and recreation groups are teaming with...
Forest Ecologist Robert E. Keane
AMERICAN FORESTS SCIENCE Advisory Board member Dr. Robert E. Keane is a research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Mont. He received his doctorate in forest...
Islands in the Balance: Can the Native Species of Hawai'i Hold out against Invasives? Their Recovery Will Rely on Science, Technology and the Work of Many Hands
FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, DURING MISTY morning hours, Dr. David Flaspohler has been tramping around remote, lava-ringed forest pockets on the slopes of still-active Mauna Loa, Earth's largest volcano, on the island of Hawai'i. Far removed from human...
Leif Haugen, Fire Lookout
THE OLD TENT CREAKS and buckles under the force of the fierce wind blowing from the west as I sleep. The tall windows of the nearby fire lookout tower rattle and shake. The sun sets behind a distant peak, clouds roll in and the clear blue sky slowly...
One Step at a Time: Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail
"A FOOTPATH FOR THOSE WHO SEEK FELLOW with the wilderness." This inscription, found on plaques at each end of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, beautifully sums up U.S. Forest Service land-use planner Benton MacKaye's dream to create what would...
Raising Conservation-Minded Kids
WITH FORESTS BOTH IN THE U.S. and around the world under threat--and the health of the planet itself imperiled--raising environmentally literate and conservation-minded kids is more important than ever. I recently received an email from the mother...
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program
FORESTS ARE FUNDAMENTAL to our nation's prosperity. They cover half of the United States, store and filter half of the country's water supply. provide jobs to more than a million product workers, absorb between 10 and 20 percent of U.S. carbon emissions...
The Mantle Sumac: How a Tree That Escaped an Early Death Finally Came to Rest in the Most Unexpected of Places
IN THE 1980S, TWO MIDWESTERN MEN who were fishing buddies, neighbors and more than moderately skilled in the industrial arts came across a rare old sumac blown down on a fencerow. Unlike most sumac in rural Iowa, this one had escaped a young death,...
Unlikely Allies: Industry and Environmental Groups Join Forces to Make Forestry Sustainable in Canada's Boreal Forest and to Protect the Boreal Woodland Caribou
CANADA'S BOREAL FOREST IS ONE OF THE LAST GREAT wildernesses, making up a quarter of the original intact, unlogged. forest that remains on Earth. This vast expanse is home to about 20 tree species, predominantly white and black spruce, jack pine, tamarack...
Woods for Wildlife Initiative Muskegon County, Michigan
EIGHTY YEARS AGO, AMERICAN FORESTS PLAYED AN INSTRUMENTAL ROLE in the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), working with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to put the nation back to work while developing the country's natural resources. The...
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