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. 2, Summer

Big Tree Hunting Colorado: A Case for the Numbers
WHAT COMES TO MIND when Colorado is mentioned to lovers of the outdoors? Chances are images of snowcapped peaks will dance in their heads. The high summits of the Colorado Rockies are magnets for climbers and sightseers alike. Elite peak-baggers rank...
Building a Better Forest
IT'S HARD NOT TO NOTICE the large swaths of forests around the world that succumb to irresponsible management, many left barren, seeming to echo a nuclear fallout zone. Bulldozers have sat static after the fact, seemingly in regret of what they have...
Canine Conservationists: By Sniffing out Invasive Insects, Highly Skilled Dogs Are on the Frontlines of Forest Conservation
WITH HER NOSE IN THE AIR and tail wagging, Tia moved between a stand of trees, sniffing their trunks. The German shepherd passed countless trees before she stopped and sat. The action alerted her handler, Alice Whitelaw, that she had found an ash tree...
Earth Month 2016: The Elements of Forests
This Earth Month, we conducted a digital conversation around the theme of The Elements of Forests. The four classical elements--fire, earth, air and water--have had cultural significance in civilizations, both ancient and modern, around the world....
Innovations in Urban Forestry: Urban Forestry's Next Era Focusing on Integrating Different Disciplines
THE IDEA OF ACTIVELY MANAGING TREES IN CITIES and towns goes back to some of the world's oldest civilizations; ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Chinese, Japanese and Romans all invested in green spaces within the expanses of their bustling cities....
Mangroves: At the Juncture of Land and Sea
PARTNERS SINCE 2009, American Forests' and Origins' work together has covered a variety of U.S. and international landscapes, with an eye to restoring wildlife habitat and forests damaged by wildfire. Monarch butterflies, Kirtland's warbler and...
Matthew Boyer, Vice President of Corporate & Member Engagement
AMERICAN FORESTS HAS A LONG history of restoring and protecting forests in the iconic Rocky Mountains. I was thrilled to be able to travel there last fall to plan for our next exclusive member experience on September 18-23,2016. After all, bringing...
Richard Pouyat: National Program Lead for Air and Soil Quality, USDA Forest Service
RICHARD POUYAT received his Ph.D in ecology from Rutgers University in 1992, and an M.S. in forest soils and B.S. in forest biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1983 and 1980, respectively. Dr. Pouyat is the National Program...
Thoreau & Trees: A Visceral Connection: How the American Writer Saw Trees as Miracles That Encapsulate All That Is Good about Nature
HENRY DAVID THOREAU WAS CAPTIVATED BY TREES and they played a significant role in his artistic creativity, philosophical thought and even his inner life. He responded emotionally to trees, but he also understood them scientifically as a naturalist....
Transforming a Beloved Landscape
IMAGINE STANDING AT THE BASE OF TOWERING MOUNTAINS, a scene that should be breathtaking. Yet, what you see is so devastatingly bare ... scorched. That's what you would have seen if you stood in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest in the early-2000s....
U.S. Forest Service Proposed Mitigation Policy
IN RESPONSE TO Executive Order 13604: Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects and the Presidential Memorandum: Mitigating Impacts on Natural Resources from Development and Encouraging Related Private Investment,...
Vanishing Woodlands
WHEN MY PARENTS were children, the woods at the end of the street on which I grew up was connected to hundreds of acres of forestland that surrounded a local quarry. By the time I was a child, the quarry had grown, and the forest had become a small...
Whitney & Raja Chatterjee
WHITNEY AND RAJA Chatterjee are residents of both Manhattan and the rural, rolling hills of Washington, Conn. The Chatterjees enjoy sharing their time between the bustling city and a quieter, more serene landscape for two very important reasons. First,...
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