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. 2, Fall

Aspen in a Changing World: The Adaptable Aspen Lives across the Globe, from Snowy High-Elevation Forests to Dry Deserts. but Can This Circumglobal Super Species Adapt to a Changing Climate?
IMAGINE A WORLD OF IDYLL, where a chorus of wavering lime-green leaves creates an ethereal backdrop to columns of bright white trunks. Ferns grow waist high; songbirds flit, matching the symphonic flutter of the leaves. This is an aspen grove, one...
A Wild Crop and Backyard Harvest
VIRTUALLY EVERY BLACK WALNUT THAT MAKES ITS WAY TO ANY GROCER'S SHELF gets there via Stockton, Mo., the unofficial, but incontestable black walnut capital of the world. The head of state of this capital is 55-year-old Brian Hammons, third-generation...
Forester Philip J. Radtke
THIS YEAR, American Forests National Big Tree Program launched the Big Tree Working Groups. The Measuring Guidelines Working Group and the Eligible Species Working Group encompass a diverse group of experts who are assisting the national program by...
Forests and Fire
WILDFIRE SEASON IS UPON US. My fear is that the news will again carry stories of homes destroyed, communities affected, lives lost and thousands upon thousands of acres of forestland burned. The impacts of these fires will be especially devastating...
Melinda Housholder, Director of Urban Forest Programs
IN JUNE, I visited Nashville, one of the five cities chosen for our new Community ReLeaf program and had the pleasure of meeting with Jennifer Smith, who works with the Metro Landscape Coordination Program, to discuss the future of our project in the...
Monarchs in Mexico
EACH FALL, millions of young monarch butterflies set off from their disparate homes across Canada and the U.S. and head south. It's a journey of several thousand miles, and they have never made it before--yet, they know just where to go. They will...
People and Trees: An Intimate Connection
THROUGH THE AGES and in all corners of the globe, people have looked to trees to make sense of our lives, honoring their transcendental qualities in a variety of ways. How has our interconnectedness with trees manifested itself? The answers are many,...
Reintroducing Elk to the Great Smoky Mountains: Vast Herds of Elk Once Grazed throughout North America, but Were Eradicated in the East More Than a Century Ago. Can They Be Reintroduced?
DEEP IN THE WILDERNESS OF NORTH Carolina, Cataloochee Valley echoes with deep, melodic bugling, at once formidable and alluring. It comes from the chest and throat of a huge, solitary bull elk--also known by their Shawnee name, wapiti. For nearly...
Riparian Tree Planting: Green Mountain National Forest, VT
GREEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST in Vermont is a gem of the Northeast, providing a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and fishing. The area was designated a national forest on April 25, 1932, and at the time, its...
The Long Ride
IT SOUNDED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT FIRST--a nice long bike ride through the woods and across the mountains. Now, as I stand here in a cold rain on a gravel road 20 miles from civilization, I'm not so sure. It's late afternoon, and I haven't seen another...
The Long Road to Recovery for the Longleaf Pine
LONGLEAF PINE was once one of the most extensive forest ecosystems in North America, covering an estimated 90 million acres, an area roughly the size of Montana. It spanned the Gulf and Atlantic coastal plains from Virginia to Texas and also reached...
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