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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. 3, Fall

2015 Trees Please Photo Contest Winners
GRAND PRIZE WINNER "Checking out the Redwood Forest" PHOTOGRAPHER: Yinghai Lu (CA) LOCATION: Bull Creek Flat in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Calif. ABOUT THE PHOTO: The photo "Checking out the Redwood Forest" was taken during a hike...
A Final Return to Nature
TAKING ROOT, touching sky, towering above us. Trees have long been a special symbol to mankind and a central part of most creation stories told around the world. They're also a part of death, gracing cemetery lawns and standing as a living link between...
Becoming the City in a Forest
IT TOOK SOME HUNDRED YEARS for anyone to think of Atlanta as "The City in a Forest." But today, beyond the downtown skyline, trees dominate the landscape, making it easy to see how Atlanta has the most tree cover of any major city in the United States....
Bryant Smith, Manager, Urban Forests Programs: Washington, D.C
IN 2013, American Forests asked a team called the Measuring Guidelines Working Group (MGWG) to upgrade the methods used in measuring champion trees, so that our Champion Tree database would better align with the needs of scientific research. We completed...
Connecting People to Forests
AT AMERICAN FORESTS we are deeply interested in the relationship between people and the natural world, particularly the positive effects of experiencing nature firsthand. Nature sharpens our senses, improves our powers of observation and increases...
Empowering the Defenders of Nature
WHEN IT COMES TO successfully restoring threatened forest ecosystems, two vital pieces must be accomplished: replanting what has been tragically lost in the past and teaching those in the community about preservation for the future. The fusion of these...
Jami Westerhold, Director of Forest Restoration: Deschutes County, Ore
SITE VISITS ARE BY FAR the best part of my job. They allow me to see first-hand the impact that American Forests and our partners are having and hear about the history of the land from the locals. My trip to Deschutes National Forest had all of this...
Land of the Brave: How Conservation Efforts on Army Land Support a Symbiotic Relationship between Forests and Soldiers
THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DoD) manages approximately 30 million acres of land, covering a wide array of climates and ecosystems. The mission of the bases that occupy these lands is to train soldiers in realistic outdoor settings that...
Matthew Boyer, Vice President of Individual Giving: Webster Groves, Mo
TWO YEARS AGO, I received a phone call from American Forests' former board chair, Lynda Webster. Her husband, Judge William H. Webster, was turning 90 years old, and she wanted to celebrate this incredible milestone. Judge Webster has had a very...
Reactions to Your Favorite Trees Please People's Choice Nominees
THIS YEAR, AMERICAN FORESTS HELD OUR FIRST ANNUAL TREES PLEASE PHOTO CONTEST. In addition to our Grand Prize Winner and three Honorable Mentions, we took to Facebook for the People's Choice award to find out which photo stole your heart and why. Here...
Research Social Scientist Dr. Kathleen Wolf
DR. KATHLEEN WOLF is a Research Social Scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and is affiliated with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. Dr. Wolf's research explores the human dimensions of urban...
Spotting the Silent Survivor: One Researcher's Work to Protect the Spotted Owl throughout Washington State's Olympic Peninsula
THE MEDIUM-SIZED OWL with the spotted breast and big, chocolate eyes arrives without a sound. Feathers on the leading edges of its wings are broken up by small serrations that allow air to quietly flow through rather than over the top, which creates...
Sprucing Up the Family Tree
Q: We have a 40-year-old blue spruce that is approximately 25-feet tall. The past year, some of the inner branches have turned brown, and it looks like it is dying. Do you have any suggestions as to what we could do? We live in northern California...
Together for the Holidays
AMERICAN FORESTS IS DELIGHTED TO WELCOME WHOLE FOODS MARKET[R] as a new partner. This holiday season, for every Christmas tree sold at one of its stores, Whole Foods Market, will donate to American Forests to help us plant a tree in one of our wildland...
Venerable Trees of the Bluegrass: A History of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region Told through the Ancient Native Trees Still Living There Today
THE INGLESIDE OAK STANDS A FEW FEET AWAY FROM HARRODSBURG ROAD, a mile from the center of Lexington in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass Region. The ancient bur oak has been here for at least 300 years, perhaps as long as 500. Thousands of cars whoosh...
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