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...
Big Partnership for Big Trees: 25 Years with the Davey Tree Expert Company
NEXT YEAR WILL BE A BIG YEAR for American Forests, as we celebrate the 75th year of the National Big Tree Program. Prompted by forester Joseph Sterns' 1940 article, "Let's Find and Save the Biggest Trees," in this very magazine, the program began that...
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 Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation,...
From the Field
Shawn Berriman, Account ExecutiveSAN BERNADINO, CALIF.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...
Little Critter with Big Influence
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 happy...
Micro Materials from Towering Timbers
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...
Q&a
Weeping for Weeping CherryQ: 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,...
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...
Saga on 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...
WOLF TREES: Elders of the Eastern Forest
Elliott, contrary to popular sentiment at the time, was spot on. And nearly 70 years later, we're due to revisit the wolf tree.High above the shores of Lake Champlain, I trace a stone wall through a Vermont forest. Where the wall ends, I continue following...
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