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. 3, Fall

A Commitment to Greenspace Takes Root in Dallas
EVERY FOUR MINUTES on average, Dallas gains a new resident. While this city's landscape is notable for the continuous construction of highways, homes, retail and office space, it's also notable for what it's missing--a corresponding growth of trees...
Amour Vert
SHOCKED TO DISCOVER that fashion is the second-largest polluting industry in the world after big oil, Amour Vert cofounders Christoph Frehsee and Linda Balti felt inspired to rebuild more environmentally-friendly wardrobes. But, the husband-and-wife...
Conifer Cruising: Exploring North America's Conifer Cradle in California
THE DRIVE TOWARD DUCK LAKES BASIN is nothing spectacular. Dry open slopes border the road, with occasional glimpses of snow-covered Mt. Shasta offering distant, untouchable scenery. Within a mile of the trailhead, however, a forest begins to close...
Daniel Dey: Research Forester, Project Leader, U.S. Forest Service
DANIEL DEY is a Project Leader & Research Forester in the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service. He manages a research unit that conducts research on forest management issues and problems in the Central Hardwood Region throughout...
Escape to Alaska: A Photographic Journey through the Backcountry of Alaska with Our Artist-in-Residence
THIS PAST SUMMER, friends and members of American Forests joined us for an exclusive adventure in Denali National Park. We were lucky enough for photographer Chuck Fazio, our Artist-in-Residence, to tag along! Fazio also explored several other Alaskan...
Ian Leahy, Director of Urban Forests Programs
FOR ALL THE EXCITING URBAN greening projects I get to be involved in across the country, there's nothing quite like coming home. Metro Detroit not only forged me but also my passion for urban sustainability. I grew up watching the city's well-documented...
Jeff Lerner, Vice President of Conservation Programs. FROM THE FIELD: FRANCIS MARION NATIONAL FOREST, S.C.)
IN 1989, HURRICANE HUGO wreaked havoc on the Southeastern United States. Where it made landfall in South Carolina, dozens of communities were damaged and several people died due to flood waters. Among the casualties was Francis Marion National Forest,...
Our Best Idea
LAST YEAR, AS I RODE with a group through a blizzard deep in the heart of Yellowstone National Park in an ancient Bombardier, we were completely surrounded by a herd of bison using the road to navigate the snowstorm. The day before, we had a "three...
Rebuilding the Home of the "People of the Forest"
THE WIRY, RED BROWN HAIR of an orangutan glistens under spotted sun as she swings lower in the rainforest canopy to pluck a Durian fruit, daughter clinging tightly to her long hair. Along the foliage-carpeted ground, a tiger stalks a wild boar from...
Richard Kabat
RICHARD KABAT, an American Forests Board member and New York City-area native, was initially introduced to forests as a child, when he went to camp in the Adirondacks. There, he says he learned to care about forests as a wonderful place to go and be...
Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Chamber Passes Respective Interior Bills
BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE Appropriations Committees passed the FY 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills. Each bill is for $32 billion in funding, a $340 million reduction from FY2016. The House of Representatives passed...
The Fire's Edge: How People Feel the Heat of a Wildfire's Threat to Their Homes and Livelihoods, and the Tale of Those Trying to Fight It
FOUR DAYS BEFORE I ARRIVED in Republic, Wash., to begin an assignment as a resource advisor on the North Star Fire, the town was ready to evacuate. That Saturday evening, firefighters watched from the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station as flames began...
The Making of a Leader in Forestry
MARY WAGNER Associate Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, retired in June 2016, after 34 years. Yet, her appetite for the outdoor world started at a young age. Mazy grew up in Southern California, one of four siblings whose working parents' idea of a...
Thin Green Line: The Heroic Work of Game Wardens
GAME WARDENS ARE UNKNOWN to most people. They typically patrol remote areas and have a reputation for simply checking licenses and limits. In these times, when police-community relations have become so important, it's certainly worthwhile to understand...
Whole Foods Market
WHOLE FOODS MARKET' and American Forests first partnered last December to plant a tree for every Christmas tree sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada. With sleigh bells jingling and much merriment, more than 70,000 trees were purchased,...
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