American Forests has been publishing its magazine since 1895. Filled with beautiful photographs and informative articles highlighting our nation’s forests and trees, American Forests features information for everyone from the environmentally conscious to the outdoor enthusiast. Its feature articles take readers into America’s forests to discover new trails and adventures or to uncover the latest science and policy breakthroughs. Other departments include forest policy updates from Washington, D.C.; Q & As with the experts on how to care for trees at home; news shorts addressing current projects and events; discussions on both sides of today’s more complex and controversial forestry issues; and profiles of individuals or organizations who make a difference for forests and trees in their community.
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- Summer 2016
Explore the profound and personal relationship between one of America's greatest writers, Henry David Thoreau, and trees. Go on a big tree hunting narrative adventure through the forests of Colorado. And, get to know some of the most adorable, and hardworking, conservationists — dogs — and how they're impacting conservation efforts. Plus, discover new innovations in the field of urban forestry, hear how one professor hopes to change the way people view forest management and behold an absolutely breathtaking image that captures the beauty of nature.
- Winter/Spring 2016
Experience one of the most eloquent seasonal transitions in Washington, D.C. Understand the complexities behind, and challenges faced by, the distribution of urban forests and green space. And, come along on a journey through a breathtaking California old-growth forest to understand the importance of watershed protection. Plus, discover how technology is changing the field of conservation, hear the story of a woman's mission to protect our country's old-growth forests and get to know our new Artist-in-Residence, Chuck Fazio.
- Fall 2015
Get to know the spotted owl in its Olympic Peninsula habitat through the experiences of a devoted researcher. Take a journey through the Kentucky Bluegrass region guided by its ancient trees. And, discover the unique connection between U.S. Army soldiers and forests. Plus, learn about the natural alternatives to traditional burials, see the breathtaking images that earned top honors in our Trees Please photo contest and hear the story of a woman who helped Atlanta embody its name of "The City in a Forest."
- Spring/Summer 2015
In our special edition anniversary issue commemorating American Forests' 140th anniversary, discover how two images on the front page of The Washington Post ignited the transformation of our nation's capital through improved care of the city's trees. Also, see how we're still cherishing some of our forests' most venerable champions. And explore the sites where we're changing the world through our Global Releaf program.
- Winter 2015
Witness Boston's battle with the Asian longhorned beetle. Get a glimpse into the minds of the birds in your backyard. And, explore the subtle beauty of John Muir's boyhood home. Plus, spend the night with nature in a treehouse and meet WildEarth Guardians, a champion for the West's wild places.
- Fall 2014
Gaze upon the giant elders of the eastern forests. Get up close and personal with a little critter with some big influence. And, get a glimpse of the future as we explore how nanoparticles from trees could shape our lives. Plus, we travel to the Pacific Northwest to uncover the home of the northern spotted owl — in pictures — and to New England to meet with Bob Perschel, a forester who took a stand.
- Spring/Summer 2014
Encounter elephant seals and island foxes native to the Channel Islands. Take a stroll through the "garden of graves" — the first urban parks. And, tag along on our first Forestscape as we journey to Mexico to witness the monarch butterflies. Plus, we celebrate Smokey Bear's 70th birthday and discover treehab — rehabilitation and therapy through trees.
- Winter 2014
Unearth what's coming between the whitebark pine and Clark's nutcracker in the Mountain West. Journey into the woods to discover a hidden cache and an outdoor recreation craze. And, investigate the influence a 50-year-old document still holds on the National Park Service today. Plus, we take a magnifying glass to the fascinating relationship between ants and trees and pay a visit to a place where palms grow in peace.
- Fall 2013
Embark on a 2,800-mile journey by bicycle along the Continental Divide. Witness the toll a changing climate is taking on a circumglobal super species. And, discover elk in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Plus, we ponder our relationship with trees throughout the ages, and we visit the unofficial black walnut capital of the world.
- Spring/Summer 2013
Witness the epic battle for Hawai'i's native forests. Travel from Georgia to Maine along the world's longest continuous footpath. And, drop in on a funeral parlor where the mantle has a story to tell about an extraordinary tree. Plus, get the scoop on the Canadian Boreal Forests Agreement, and meet a man continuing the centuries-old tradition of a fire lookout.
- Winter 2013
Enter the race to save the Midwest's ash trees from the destructive emerald ash borer. Journey into Cook Forest State Park and Mohawk Trail State Forest, where they're growing some gigantic trees. And, discover how to identify a tree by its bark. Plus, we delve into the experiments being undertaken at Harvard Forest, and we meet some partners who are helping promote sustainable farming in Central America.
- Fall 2012
Explore New York's Finger Lakes region, where a national forest offers hiking, horseback riding and more. Discover the toil hurricanes, floods, ice storms and more take on forests and how they recover. Travel to the Greater Yellowstone Area, where our forests are being ravaged by pests and disease, and learn how American Forests is working to save this iconic landscape. Plus, we visit Texas' capital to explore its urban forest, and we meet a woman who has helped preserve the legacy of a tree that pre-dates the Civil War.
- Summer 2012
Enter Alaska's Tongass National Forest and encounter the controversies over the management of this old-growth forest that have been brewing for decades. Discover how humans have altered North American forests over the last 15,000 years. Head into the forest and go camping in any number of forests across the country. Plus, we take a walk through a unique forest in the middle of the New Mexican desert and remember the people who preserved Maine's Acadia National Park.
- Spring 2012
Go on a big-tree adventure in Washington state on a search for a champion silver fir. Uncover the birding, biking and kayaking that awaits visitors to Maryland's Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Discover what North American forests looked like tens of millions of years ago when the landscape was shaped by climate and ice. Plus, we investigate how mercury leaking from abandoned mines is affecting America's forests and visit a Wisconsin forest that has been sustainable managed by a Native American tribe for more than 150 years.
- Winter 2012
Go beyond the canoe runs and underwater springs to discover the scrub pine ecosystems and threatened bird species of Ocala National Forest. Discover the restoration efforts underway to revitalize California’s Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Visit some of America’s private forests to uncover how they’re working to protect threatened species living there. Plus: We explore the many roles of mangrove forests and investigate outdoor schools that are immersing their students in nature.
- Autumn 2011
Take a journey through America's champion big trees. Explore Superior National Forest's various recreation opportunities. Discover the art and science of dendrochronology, the study of tree rings.
- Spring 2011
Explore the benefits of green infrastructure in Portland, Oregon, where the city’s Grey to Green program is having a positive impact on the community. Take a look at how would-be champion eastern hemlock trees are bringing attention to a disease that’s wiping them out. And learn how a Missouri man’s efforts are helping to bring back an unusual tree species, once thought to have vanished from the landscape.
- Best of American Forests
From new urban forestry methods and visiting champion trees, to fighting invasive species and learning about the many incredible creatures that make their home in forests, these articles offer some of the best that American Forests magazine has to offer. More will be added as time goes on, so check back to discover more archived articles.