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. 120, No. 1, Winter

Ants and Trees: A Lifelong Relationship
WHEN THINKING OF HOW ANTS INTERACT with trees, a lot of people may think of carpenter ants eating trees - and the wood in their home. In fact, in both our forests and houses, these denizens of hollow trees and rotting rafters are merely the final stage...
Ants and Trees a Lifelong Relationship: From the First Growth Spurts of the Tiniest Seedling to the Final Days of the Mightiest Giant, Ants Are There, Shaping the Lives of Trees
WHEN THINKING OF HOW ANTS INTERACT with trees, a lot of people may think of carpenter ants eating trees--and the wood in their home. In fact, in both our forests and houses, these denizens of hollow trees and rotting rafters are merely the final stage...
A Place for Palms
PLANTING ONE TREE A DAY on degraded land for almost 40 years, William Stanley Merwin, former Poet laureate of the United States, has seen his patience pay off. Little by little, tree by tree, he has created a lush grove of thousands of palms on the...
A Precarious Partnership of Pine and Bird
ON THE SLOPES OF THE SUBALPINE ZONE OF THE Rocky Mountains, where the forested mountainsides give way to the treeless alpine mountaintops, a tree and a bird - whitebark pine and Clark's nutcracker - repeat the steps of a dance they have danced for centuries,...
A Precarious Partnership of Pine and Bird: High in the Rocky Mountain Forests, a Bird and a Tree Have Relied on Each Other to Thrive in Harsh Conditions. % as One of Them Faces Catastrophe, Both May Need New Strategies for Survival
ON THE SLOPES OF THE SUBALPINE ZONE OF THE Rocky Mountains, where the forested mountainsides give way to the treeless alpine mountaintops, a tree and a bird--whitebark pine and Clark's nutcracker--repeat the steps of a dance they have danced for...
Beauty, Joy and Peace
I OFTEN WRITE AND SPEAK about the tangible benefits 4.1 of trees and forests--their remarkable abilities to clean air and water, to foster biodiversity, to provide habitat, to sequester carbon. But one of the greatest pleasures of my job is that, on...
From the Field
ASBURY PARK, N J.Greg Meyer, Vice President of Corporate PartnershipsON SEPTEMBER 28, some colleagues and I were joined by partners Bank of America, IKEA, New Jersey Trees and the Asbury Park Shade Tree Commission to get our hands dirty planting trees...
Join the Battle for Whitebark Pine
To be effective in helping the recovery of the whitebark pine--and the ecosystem that depends on it--we need to approach the problem from every angle. American Forests Endangered Western Forests initiative, with support from Dendrifund and the U.S....
Professor of Forestry Dr. James Kielbaso
AMERICAN FORESTS SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD member Dr. James Kielbaso is professor emeritus in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. He has served on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, the International Society...
The Leopold Legacy
THE SHACK I STAND LOOKING AT cold winter day was once a run-down chicken coop on an abandoned farm on the Wisconsin River. But, in 1935, this place would become Aldo Leopold's weekend family retreat, living laboratory and the site where he would write...
The Leopold Legacy: As the National Park Service Prepares to Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary, the "Leopold Report" of 50 Years Ago Remains Influential, but Much Has Also Changed
THE SHACK I STAND LOOKING AT on this cold winter day was once a run-down chicken coop on an abandoned farm on the Wisconsin River. But, in 1935, this place would become Aldo Leopold's weekend family retreat, living laboratory and the site where he...
Tree Doctor
Weighted WalnutsQ I We have many large, black walnut trees on our property. Since about mid-summer, they have dropped branches almost weekly. The branches range in length from 10 to 30 feet. The trees seem very heavy with walnuts - more so than in years...
Urban Forest Restoration Program, Seattle, Wash
AS THE LARGEST CONTIGUOUS FOREST IN SEATTLE, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is a prime example of urban greenspace. Unfortunately, this area sits on the banks of what has been determined by the Environmental Protection Agency to be one of the country's...
WeWood Watches: A Tree for Every Watch
AMERICAN FORESTS has been partnering with wooden watchmaker WeWood for more than two years and during that time we have planted 56,000 trees together, including sugar pines and other conifer species, in a variety of hab-itats. WeWood has done more...
What's the Cache?
SUNSET IS FADING AS I LINGER ON A NARROW FOREST trail in my neighborhood. I'm studying the glowing screen of my global positioning system (GPS), anxious to find the hidden cache before dusk sets in. I shuffle through dead leaves under ferns and peek...
What's the Cache: Geocachers Turn Hiking into a Forest Treasure Hunt
SUNSET IS FADING AS I L1NGE OETA NARROW FOREST trail in my neighborhood. I'm studying the glowing screen of my global positioning system (GPS), anxious to find the hidden cache before dusk sets in. I shuffle through dead leaves under ferns and,...
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