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. 123, No. 1, Spring

Blisters, Beetles and British Columbia: Global ReLeaf in Canada
LILLOOET, A TOWN roughly 150 miles north of Vancouver, is one of the oldest inhabited areas on the continent. People have lived in the region for several thousand years. But, some of the local whitebark pines have been alive for that long. The whitebark...
Christopher Horn, Director of Communications
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, the communications staff at American Forests has the chance to join our programs team in the field at one of our restoration projects. Last fall, accompanied by our multimedia intern, I attended a volunteer tree planting near...
DISH Network
YOUR PHONE BUZZES multiple times every day, alerting you to new emails just by using a tiny blip of electricity. Any important communication can be found instantly in your pocket. But, do Americans realize that more than 18 million trees are cut down...
Foraging for Food from Forests
MOST OF US KNOW OF, and greatly appreciate, the wild and cultivated fruits, nuts and berries that come from trees. However, few are aware of the edible yields (and great value) that several of our trees have to offer. Aside from producing delicious...
Forest Frontiers: Jason Weller, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
JASON WELLER has served as Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since 2013, overseeing programs that help protect the environment, preserve our natural resources and improve sustainability through voluntary conservation on agricultural...
Ian Leahy, Director of Urban Forests Programs
CLEVELAND IS A CITY undergoing dramatic transformation, but it remains burdened by the same issues that afflict every industrial legacy city: a declining population and tax base, large social service needs and lack of resources to maintain--much less...
Karen McLellan
The Gift of Trees as wedding favors hit all the right chords for one family and their guests. Karen McLellan was helping her daughter, Marlssa, organize her wedding when Marissa offhandedly asked If they should have wedding favors. Karen knew at...
New Online
WHILE OUR MAGAZINE IS A GREAT WAY TO STAY CURRENT on the latest American Forests news, you can get even more updates by following us on social media! We share the latest news, interesting stories and breathtaking photography featuring forests and wildlife....
Pioneer in American Forests' Boardroom
IN 1973, HESTER TURNER broke a nearly century-old glass ceiling when she became the first woman board member of American Forests, then known as the American Forestry Association (AFA). And, in January 1980, she became the first woman chairman of the...
Protecting One of America's Premier Wildernesses: American ReLeaf in Tahoe National Forest
TWO-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY FEET straight into the air, conquering the peaks of California and Oregon, with cones the length of your arm, considered the "king of the conifers" and yet humbled by an infinitesimal rust fungus--ladies and gentlemen, the sugar...
Rambling around the Big Lake
SOMETIMES GOING IN CIRCLES CAN BE INCREDIBLY REWARDING, especially when it allows you to experience the rugged beauty of the forests and shorelines of the largest (in area) freshwater lake in the world. Imagine traveling through a landscape of wild...
The Cross Timbers: The Ancient Forest at America's Crossroads
IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT IT IS AUTUMN 1832. Imagine, too, that your name is Washington Irving. You're one of America's most famous writers, and by virtue of this, and mere chance, you've been invited to join U.S. Indian Commissioner Henry Ellsworth and...
The Path Ahead
ON JANUARY 20,2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States after one of the most divisive campaign seasons in American history. America remains deeply divided about the new administration and many in the conservation and...
Winners
GRAND PRIZE WINNER "An Ancient Bristlecone Pine" PHOTOGRAPHER: Garret Suhrie (CA) LOCATION: Methuselah Grove, Inyo National Forest, Calif. ABOUT THE PHOTO: Bristlecone pines are some of the oldest living beings on the planet, some of...
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