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. 122, No. 1, Spring

50 Million Trees
THERE IS A CHINESE PROVERB that says "The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now." A few months ago, this proverb came alive as I stood on a mountaintop in California to plant a very special tree with the CEO...
A Capital Transition: Poetic Imagery and Striking Photography Take You through One of the Most Eloquent Seasonal Transitions in Nature
IN A NATIONAL PARK AS OLD AS YOSEMITE and twice the size of New York City's Central Park, walkers, runners and cyclists witness an annual transformation as the stark topography of Rock Creek Park's winter landscape surrenders to the verdancy of early...
A City at a Crossroads: Finding Trees at the Intersection of Environmental Action and Social Justice in Oakland, Calif
BEFORE THE GREAT RECESSION HIT IN 2008, the City of Oakland budgeted nearly $4.5 million dollars to its Tree Services Division, housed under the city's Department of Public Works. Only one year later, that number plummeted to under $2.5 million. ...
A Partnership Celebrated with Ponderosa Pine
THE STARS ALIGNED, literally and figuratively, for the planting of our 50 millionth tree. Our corporate partner of 20 years, Eddie Bauer, was eager to join us for the momentous occasion and to put a spectacular flourish on the day by announcing Ryan...
Appropriations FY2016 Update
IN SEPTEMBER, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution extending FY2015 levels through December 11th, giving them time to negotiate FY2016 appropriation levels and avert a "shutdown" of the federal government. In October, Congress passed The Bipartisan...
"For the Birds": The Worthy Importance of Restoring Tropical Forests
The beaming sun warming your skin, the soft sand shifting between your toes and an island breeze blowing in with the waves ... a tropical paradise is luxurious and exotic--its forests don't need restoration, right? Not so fast! Tropical forests face...
Harnessing the Knowledge of Plants, Online
Botanical gardens are building the first online catalog of every known plant species in the world. It could be a game-changing tool for conservation. FOR MORE THAN 400 YEARS, humans have been collecting bits of leaf and twig, pressing them flat...
Jim Furnish, Retired Deputy Chief, USDA Forest Service
JIM FURNISH is currently a consulting forester in the Washington D.C. area following a 34-year career with the USDA Forest Service. He retired after serving as deputy chief for national forests from 1999-2002. During the 1990s, Furnish was Siuslaw...
Rebecca Turner, Senior Director of Programs and Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. ON OCTOBER 26,2015, American Forests hosted a ceremonial tree planting at the East Capitol Urban Farm in honor of its 140th anniversary and to recognize the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest...
Speaking for the Trees
WHAT COMES TO MIND when you think of an old-growth forest? Muir Woods in California, if you've been there? Or, if you haven't, maybe spooky, gnarled woods--the kind you saw in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a child. But, those more familiar...
The Last Valley: An Adventurous Journey through Little Lost Man Creek Points to the Importance of Watershed Protection
THE DIM LIGHT OF A REDWOOD FOREST makes it difficult to discern the onset of dusk. Shadows of the woods creep up on you, growing almost imperceptibly until suddenly, it's night. This flip of the forest light switch felt imminent as I stood scratching...
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