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. 121, No. 1, Winter

Backyard for the Birds: How Urban Birds Decide Where to Feed and Nest in Our Neighborhoods
"Bugs are here, bugs are there, Everywhere you find 'em, For little fleas have lesser fleas, ... and so on, ad infinitum." THE GREAT WEB I memorized that version of a nursery rhyme a long time ago and have seen its truth in my work as an arborist...
Backyards for the Birds
"Bugs are here, bugs are there,Everywhere you find 'em,For little fleas have lesser fleas,... and so on, ad infinitum."THE GREAT WEBI memorized that version of a nursery rhyme a long time ago and have seen its truth in my work as an arborist ever since....
Beauty in the Details
IT WILL TAKE JUST OVER TWO HOURS TO REACH THE OLD FARMSTEAD. I left before dawn and the sun is rising behind me as I drive west on Highway94. I always enjoy driving with the sun illuminating the route stretched out before me in long, cool rays of golden...
Beauty in the Details: A Photographer Follows the Example of Early Conservationist John Muir and Finds Beauty in Subtle Landscapes
IT WILL TAKE JUST OVER TWO HOURS TO REACH THE OLD FARMSTEAD. I left before dawn and the sun is rising behind me as I drive west on Highway 94. I always enjoy driving with the sun illuminating the route stretched out before me in long, cool rays...
Breaking Ground on Broken Ground
LAST YEAR, AMERICAN FORESTS began taking on a very special kind of project as part of our Global ReLeaf program: the restoration of former mine lands. Surface mining activities remove forest cover and cause soils to become heavily compacted by the...
Christopher Horn, Director of Communications
MY PALMS WERE SWEATY and I didn't pour enough water in my glass, but as the room moderator read my bio, I stood up, prepared to deliver the first presentation of my career. Each year, urban forestry practitioners convene at the Partners in Community...
Climate Resiliency Agenda
IN OCTOBER 2014, the administration released the "Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources." Drafted by the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, with input from stakeholders including American Forests,...
Connecting People to Forests
Our board of directors recently made an important change to American Forests' mission statement. Our old mission, "to protect and restore forests, for the health of the planet and the good of its inhabitants," focused on our important work in the field....
Eradication NATION
CLINT MCFARLAND DIDN'T WANT to believe the pictures he was looking at on his smartphone.Late on a Friday afternoon in July 2010, he was at a gathering in Worcester, Mass., to recognize federal and state staff who had been working long, hard hours for...
Eradication Nation: What Boston's Battle with the Asian Longhorned Beetle Can Teach Us about Stopping an Invasive Pest in Its Tracks
CLINT MCFARLAND DIDN'T WANT to believe the pictures he was looking at on his smartphone. Late on a Friday afternoon in July 2010, he was at a gathering in Worcester, Mass., to recognize federal and state staff who had been working long, hard hours...
Forest Hydrologist Dr. Paul Barten
DR. PAUL BARTEN IS A PROFESSOR of forestry and hydrology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and former associate professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in forest hydrology and watershed...
Jillian Hanelly, Manager of Individual Giving
LAST SUMMER, IHAD the pleasure of hosting American Forests' first D.C.-area Walkabout. Walkabouts are casual yet informative hikes through urban forests and, this time, our forest of choice was Theodore Roosevelt Island, just within the D.C. borders...
Joining Forces for Yellowstone
AUSTRALIAN WINE LABEL BANROCK STATION is a company focused on conservation. Their charitable trust's goal is to "support internationally and nationally recognized conservation organizations to further their objectives in tackling global environmental...
Q&a: Ask a Consulting Arborist
Cypress on IceQ: I am trying to plant a bald cypress - in Iceland! It may seem weird because it's typically a southern swamp plant, but it's actually not that cold here. Typical winter days are just a tad below freezing. It's very windy, but bald cypress...
Rock-a-Bye: The Humble Treehouse as a Cradle of Empathy and Understanding for the Forest
TONIGHT, IN THE BOUGHS OF TOWERING spruces, cedars and oaks, ordinary people are getting ready for bed. As they settle in, they can feel their tree gently sway, maybe they hear the burble of a creek far below; when an owl hoots, it sounds as if it's...
U.N. Declaration on Forests
THE 2014 U.N. CLIMATE SUMMIT took place in New York City in September and included the establishment of the New York Declaration on Forests, its associated voluntary Action Agenda and various other supportive action announcements. The New York Declaration...
U.N. Declaration on Forests
THE 2014 U.N. CLIMATE SUMMIT took place in New York City in September and included the establishment of the New York Declaration on Forests, its associated voluntary Action Agenda and various other supportive action announcements.The New York Declaration...
WildEarth Guardians: Champion for the West's Wild Places
THE AMERICAN WEST: home of the biggest skies, deepest canyons and widest open spaces--a place big enough to accommodate the dreams of even the biggest dreamers. But its grandeur does not exempt it from challenges. The landscapes here have faced many...
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