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. 121, No. 2, Spring/Summer

25 Years of Global ReLeaf
IN 1990, A TREE WAS PLANTED in Au Sable, Mich., that was the first of 50 million trees and counting. It was the very first tree planted as part of the American Forests Global ReLeaf program, to address global challenges facing forests through local action....
75 Years of Champions
IN SEPTEMBER 1940, concerned forester Joseph Stearns authored an article in this magazine entitled "Let's Find and Save the Biggest Trees." He ended the article with an appeal:"If an organization is necessary to accomplish this, then let's organize....
Looking Backwards and Forwards
WHEN I FIRST ARRIVED at American Forests in late 2010,1 confess that I thought we talked too much about our storied past. My view was that it was far more important to tell people where we were headed, rather than what we had accomplished in the past.But...
Mary Mahalovich Gives Whitebark Adaptation a Boost
AT THE FOREST SERVICE NURSERY in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S. Forest Service geneticist Maiy Frances Mahalovich subjects hundreds of whitebark pine seedlings to spores of blister rust, an invasive fungus that has weakened or killed many whitebark pines...
My Favorite Tree
PART OF INSPIRING PEOPLE to protect forests is simply reminding them how much pleasure we can take in forests and their defining feature - trees. Over 140 years, American Forests has done this in many ways. In the 1940s and 50s, we invited influential...
Remembering a Champion of Forests: J.A. Warder
FORESTS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN John Aston Warder's first passion, but they were arguably his greatest. The founder of American Forests enjoyed a successful career in medicine for 20 years before following in his father's footsteps by moving his family to...
Seeds of Change in the Nation's Capital
"DC is on the list!" (Monroe Street Market)"DC is proud to be named one of the 10 Best Cities for ttUrbanForests by @AmericanForests! Bit.ly/BestUF via@USATODAY" (DDOT DC)."Congrats to ttDC for making (cùamericanforests' list of 10 Best Cities for Urban...
Senator Gaylord Nelson, Father of Earth Day
GAYLORD NELSON'S lifelong goal of putting the environment onto the nation's political agenda began when he was a young boy in his hometown of Clear Lake, Wis. Surrounded by the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, the largest state forest...
The Art of Advocacy
Sketching a Way to Smart Land UseWITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE CONTINUOUS congressional proposals to give or sell federal lands to states or private entities, American Forests is diligent in our advocacy for the smart use of public lands for the benefit of the...
The Waiting Game
FOREST RESTORATION is not for the impatient. There is no instant gratification in this work. Some species are faster-growing than others, of course, but patience is of the essence.The restoration work at the Black Ridge - paid of the Southern Ute Tribe...
What Do You Hope for the Forests of the Future?
AMERICAN FORESTS' VISION FOR THE FUTURE is a world in which forests are thriving and valued for their significant environmental, societal and economic benefits. We asked our friends on Facebook about their hopes for the forests of the future and they...
What's Your Earliest Memory of the Forest?
1875-2015 140 YEARS OF PROTECTING AND RESTORING FORESTSI'm a city girl, so my first memory of a forest was when I was 14. It was the first time I went camping on Patagonia, Argentina and I realized how amazing and magical it was. Until then, I had thought...
Your Favorite Trees
AND WHAT ABOUT YOU? What are some of American Forests supporters' favorite trees? We asked on our Facebook page and you answered.I did my first trip through the Redwood Forest lying on the roof of a Jeep Cherokee. It was not enough for me to watch the...
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