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. 124, No. 3, Fall

A River's Forward Progress in Indiana
THE PATOKA RIVER MEANDERS through the hills of southwest Indiana. It should be lined by rare Midwestern bottomland and oak savannas. But, as so often happens, the wildlands around the river were left unmanaged, leading to an unhealthy overgrowth of...
CLEARWATER Country
WE DROVE A ONE-LANE LOGGING ROAD, looking for a gap in the trees that would reveal some of the canyon below. Ahead, a man sat guietly on an ATV, waiting for us to pull alongside, a graying black lab perched on the seat behind him. Up front were two...
Daniel Hochman
GROWING UP IN BROOKLYN, N.Y., most of Daniel Hochman's interactions with nature were in New York City parks. It wasn't until he attended Dartmouth College, and joined the Outing Club, that he experienced the boundless beauty of New England's forests...
Eddie Bauer
FOR 23 YEARS, American Forests and Eddie Bauer have nurtured a partnership, starting with the seedling "give a dollar, plant a tree" campaign, all the way to the now-flourishing #WhyIHike campaign, where thousands from around the globe are sharing...
Eyes in the Sky: How LiDAR Maps Forests' Role in Slowing Climate Change
MARYLAND'S MOSTLY SECOND-GROWTH FORESTS don't receive the attention of the California redwoods' soaring heights, the Olympic rainforest's lush grandeur or the Great Smokies' exceptional biodiversity. But in an important way, the forests of the mid-Atlantic...
Jennifer Broome, Vice President of Philanthropy
IN JUNE, American Forests was honored to join some of the most innovative, progressive and socially conscious companies and organizations across North America at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, where companies shared...
Keeping the Endangered Species Act Strong
EARLIER THIS YEAR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the removal of the Kirtland's warbler from the endangered species list due to its remarkable recovery. For nearly 30 years, American Forests has been restoring the Michigan jack pine...
Lindsey Putz, Director of Corporate Giving
IN JUNE, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE of representing American Forests at a planting with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling, the local southern California bottler for The Coca-Cola Company. The planting is part of a larger partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation focused...
Managing Our Forests for Soil Carbon
WHEN STANDING in a beautiful forest, it can be easy to forget you are standing in the largest carbon storage unit in the U.S., and that the soil beneath your feet is responsible for most of it. Protecting our forests means protecting our soil, and...
NOTES of OAK: THE JOURNEY OF WHITE OAK FROM ACORN TO CASK
THE CURVATURE OF A WOOD BARREL JUXTAPOSES THE USUAL FORMS associated with trees and lumber: straight, flat, solid. And while industry creates the barrel itself, nature is the true builder here. The genetic make-up of barrel wood typically that of a...
Resiliency Now
IN 2014, CALIFORNIA'S KING FIRE BURNED nearly 100,000 acres of ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Douglas-fir in and around Eldorado National Forest in the Sierra Nevada. The fire was one of the most ecologically damaging wildfires in California history....
Taking American Forests Back to the Future
IT IS AWE-INSPIRING to take the helm of America's first forestry organization that was founded before the federal government even had an agency solely dedicated to America's forests. For more than 140 years, American Forests has stood at the center...
Uniting for the Land
"THERE IS A COMMON LINE that runs through all the work I've been involved in, whether we're trying to protect the climate, water, the Chesapeake Bay, longleaf pine, National Forest lands, or make lands more resilient to fire," Robert Bonnie says. "It's...
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