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. 3, Fall

A Long and Bright Future for Longleaf Pine
THE ROLLING HILLS OF THE OAKMULGEE RANGER DISTRICT in Alabama's Talladega N ational Forest is once again beginning to thrive with the longleaf pine trees that belong there. What makes this land so unique is the complex and long history it has survived.Before...
Countering the President's Budget Proposal
THE PRESIDENT delivered his detailed budget proposal to Congress in late May, drastically cutting and zeroing out forestry and conservation programs important to American Forests' work in urban and native forest landscapes. This proposal clearly shows...
From the Community
"Wildlife conservation is not only important for our ecosystems but for man as well. Keystone species, and other indicator species, are important for us to know if an area is thriving. From pikas to hellbenders, it is important that we focus on all creatures...
It Starts with a Fever
"I AM THE LORAX. I speak for the trees!" goes the classic conservationist tale by Dr. Seuss. But, who speaks for the whitebark pine? Melissa Jenkins is one.Time seems to be running out for this keystone species. If we don't take action, and fast, the...
Jad Daley, Vice President of Conservation Programs
AS A FORMER RESIDENT OF Vermont and the new Vice President of Conservation Programs at American Forests, I was excited to join a field tour in July to visit new American Forests tree planting projects in the Green Mountain State, designed to curb polluted...
Justin Hynicka, Manager of Forest Conservation
WORKING AT AMERICAN FORESTS, I did not expect to find myself here: It is dark, loud, and although it smells like pine, the scent is stronger than I have ever experienced before. Yet, here I am with five IKEA iWitness Ambassadors touring the Potlatch...
Laurence Wiseman
LAURENCE WISEMAN formed CenterLine Strategy after a 29-year career as founding president and CEO of American Forest Foundation. In 2010, he was given the Legacy Award from the Arbor Day Foundation, for career achievement in forestry. That same year,...
Northern Hills Middle School
"THIS IS THE ONLY HOME we have... and all of us need to take care of it."I read this sentence again and again after receiving it in an email interview response from science teacher Terri Dufendach. I was in awe at the way, in just a few words, she could...
One Tree, Many Futures
Whichever turns out to be the case, the reality of this situation forces environmentalists into a corner, with one prevailing question that seems almost impossible to answer:What do you save?"I don't think many of us are prepared to make those decisions,"...
Planting Hope
AMERICA HAS NEVER HAD more power or more promise, and yet we live in a time when our ties as a nation feel frayed and many people struggle to feel hopeful for our future. As a newcomer to American Forests, I have immediately been uplifted by the potential...
Rising from the Ashes: Restoring Kentucky's Appalachian Forests
NATURE AND INDUSTRY are like oil and water: You can put them together, but they'll never really mix. In Kentucky, what once was a thriving wonderland of flora and fauna has been tragically tainted by the material motives of man. In Daniel Boone National...
Strengthening a Force for Good
AT UNCOMMONGOODS, which offers remarkable designs by independent makers, social responsibility has been in the company's DNA since it opened for business in 1999.UncommonGoods has donated $1 to a customer-selected charitable partner through its Better...
Timberline
Needing time to reflect, I shed my pack, shoes and socks, and placed my feet in an icy eddy of the creek. Nearby, a trout hovered delicately in the riffles. Little more than a pine needle long, no sign of anxiety appeared to unsettle him. This was a...
Vibrant Cities Lab
AMERICA'S CITIES ARE EXPERIENCING A PERIOD OF REMARKABLE and exhilarating renewal. City governments, community groups, nonprofits like American Forests, universities and many other institutions are all working to help shape vibrant, equitable cities...
Woodpeckers: THE ENGINEERS OF ECOSYSTEMS
Watch out for the boot-sucking mud. The tangle ofvines, thorns, the litany of evergreen shrubs species that interlock forming a veritable fortress a mile thick and the occasional cypress knee to test your balance. In 1539, the chroniclers of the De Soto...
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