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

Forest Ecologist Robert E. Keane
FOREST FRONTIERSAMERICAN 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...
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 Raspohler has been tramping around remote, lava-ringed...
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 FELLOWSHI 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...
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 of...
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program
WASHINGTON OUTLOOKFORESTS 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...
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...
Tree Doctor
Likable LichenQ: My ginkgo trees were planted in full sun 10 years ago. They are now covered with gray lichen, which peels off easily. Is this lichen damaging the tree? How do I control it?A . Lichens grow on many surfaces, such as rocks, mailboxes and...
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,...
Woods for Wildlife Initiative Muskegon County, Michigan
GLOBAL RELEAF SHOWCASEEIGHTY 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...
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