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. 3, Fall

An American Heritage
WHILE YOU ARE likely reading this in the crisp air of autumn, I am writing this column on the Fourth of July. Earlier today, my neighborhood held its annual Independence Day parade, featuring dogs with Old Glory bandanas, kids with red, white and blue...
A New Breed of Forester
BOB PERSCHEL could be described as an activist, a forester and a leader in his field, but what stands out most about him is his passion for the mission. Brought on as executive director of the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) in early 2012, Perschel...
Appropriations FY2015
THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies released their FY15 bill prior to the August recess. Below are highlights of American Forests' priorities and comparing the President's requests...
Forest Ecologist Dr. Diana F. Tomback
SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD member Dr. Diana F. Tomback is a professor and associate chair with the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver. She also serves as volunteer director for the non-profit White-bark Pine Ecosystem...
Little Critter with Big Influence: How One Tiny Salamander Affects an Entire Forest's Carbon Cycle
THE ENSATINA, A SMALL SALAMANDER with shoe-button eyes and orange and brown mottling, lay very still on the forest floor. As a warm, Pacific Northwest rain fell gently on both of us, I could almost hear this animal thinking, "Here I was, perfectly...
Micro Materials from Towering Timbers: The Emerging Field of Cellulosic Nanomaterial Promises a Sustainable Technology
IT'S NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT SOCIETY AS WE KNOW IT IS dependent on trees. For centuries, humans have harvested trees for a wide variety of uses. From our books to the wooden bookshelf they sit on, fruits, nuts, lumber, paper and maple syrup, forest...
Restoring Broadway Slavic Village's Tree Canopy, Cleveland, Ohio
CLEVELAND'S BROADWAY SLAVIC VILLAGE neighborhood was dramatically impacted by the housing market crash. According to Slavic Village Development's December 2013 survey of vacant property, some 1,500 lots in the community remain unoccupied. This abandonment...
Sage of the Spotted Owl
THE OLD-GROWTH FORESTS of the Pacific Northwest, captured in these stunning photographs by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts, are often imagined as a sort of last frontier, a magical wilderness still untouched by human hands. In reality, these forests--home...
Shawn Berriman, Account Executive
IT'S 6:00 AM ON A SATURDAY and while I'm not sitting anywhere that I'd expect Billy Joel's "regular crowd" to shuffle in to, I'm enjoying the opportunity to down several cups of strong coffee before I hit the road. I've flown all the way from the...
Weeping for Weeping Cherry
Q: I have a weeping cherry tree that is about 20 years old. Within the last couple of years, the blooms and leaves have been very sparse. I feel that I may be to blame because of insufficient watering or fertilizing. In fact, I have never fertilized...
Wolf Trees I: Elders of the Eastern Forest
A group of gnarled and wind-battered red oaks and an ash (far right) stand on the summit of a low Vermont mountain. Ridges and hilltops were common sites for pasture trees and for today's wolf trees. Elliott, contrary to popular sentiment at the...
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