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. 2, Spring-Summer

70 Smokey Turns
A NEW SMOKEY Seventy years ago this summer, Smokey Bear's first public service ads appeared. Since then, his main message has stayed basically the same: "Only YOU can prevent wildfires." Yet Smokey is no stodgy septuagenarian. Smokey has "evolved...
A Partnership That Measures Up
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED to learn how to measure a tree? Are you a big tree hunter hoping to improve your measuring technique? Or a gadget-loving naturalist who'd like to get your hands on some of the most sophisticated measuring tools out there? If so,...
Appropriations FY15
**1111. OM, THE CYCLE for fiscal year.2.015 started while it seemed like the ink was still wet on the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Bill. The President's Budget was released on March 4, 2014 indicating where the administration's conservation priorities...
Bald Eagles, Sea to Shining Sea
Agile and powerful, the majestic bald eagle--national bird of the United States--has long symbolized independence and freedom. This amazing bird is the second largest North American bird of prey, holds the record for the weight they are able to carry...
Biogeochemist Dr. Jennifer Jenkins
NEW AMERICAN FORESTS SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD member Dr. Jennifer Jenkins is a forest biogeochemist specializing in GHG fluxes at the interface between forests and the atmosphere. She has worked in forest, agricultural and urban systems and is currently...
Flight to Plight: Witnessing the Imperiled Migration of the Monarchs
BREATHING HARD IN THE THIN MOUNTAIN AIR, we reached the trail's end at the top of Sierra Chincua, a 10,000-foot-high biosphere reserve and world heritage site in central Mexico. Stepping into a sunny clearing, we looked about in wonder. Hundreds--no,...
From Garden Cemeteries to American Forests: The Legacy of J. A. Warder
It was just seven years before his death that John Aston Warder led a group of early conservationists in Chicago to found what would become the oldest conservation nonprofit in the country, American Forests, in 1875. He was 63 years old. What path...
Hawai'i
LAST NOVEMBER, I traveled to the site of our next Forestscape--Hawai'i--to plan an opportunity for American Forests' members to embark on an exclusive adventure exploring the Big Island of Hawaii as you've never seen it before! On my fourth day...
In the Garden Cemetery Cemetery: The Revival of America's First Urban Parks
IN THE 118205, AMERICA'S CITIES HAD A PROBLEM: People kept dying, and church burial grounds were filling up. Fortunately, a group of horticulturists in Massachusetts had a solution and, in 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge became the first modern...
Kayaking the Galapagos of the North: Chuck Graham Has Circumnavigated the Chan Islands before, but This Time, He's Bring; Forests' Readers along on the Journey
PEERING ACROSS THE SANTA CRUZ CHANNEL, the day was clear enough to see my destination--the grove of Torrey pines overlooking Becher Bay on Santa Rosa Island, eight miles west of where I stood on a deserted beach on Santa Cruz Island. To get there,...
Longleafs for Long Tails
AMERICAN FORESTS is happy to mark the Year of the Salamander with the continuation of our work restoring forest habitat throughout North America, home to the greatest number of salamander species on earth. In fact, 33 percent of the world's salamanders...
Sharing Our World
AS I WALKED BLEARY-EYED THROUGH MY LIVING ROOM one cold, early morning in midwinter, I was greeted by the sight of two red foxes, sitting together on my deck. I stopped in my tracks, suddenly wide-awake. There is something magical about having an unexpected...
The Healing Power of Tree Climbing
WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you knew that climbing trees could lower pain sensitivity and stress in people with disabilities? If you knew that it could increase the experience of positive emotions while decreasing negative ones? For Dr. John Gathright,...
Washington, D.C
IN FEBRUARY, a colleague and I went to the Department of Veterans Affairs for an EarthShare event. EarthShare is a federation of American environmental nonprofits that raises funds primarily through a workplace giving model. At this event, I was able...
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