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Our biggest magazine ever.


If you are an AFA member, the magazine you now hold is the largest single issue ever to appear in AMERICAN FORESTS' 95-plus years of continuous publication. In addition to our normal 80 pages plus cover, we present a special 52-page insert, the complete, updated, 50th Anniversary edition of the National Register of Big Trees. The attractively illustrated Register not only lists particulars and locations of the largest specimens of more than 800 tree species but also conveys in words and photos the values we find in these arboreal ancients and why we seek them.

The National Register is easily removable by opening a single staple along the magazine's spine.

If you picked up this magazine from a newsstand or bookstore, you won't find the Register bound in - it's a special gift to our members. But we hope you will order the Register or, better yet, join AFA. Details are on page 26.

You might think that a magazine in its 96th year, put out by an association in its 116th, would be well into its dotage, doddering around like an old codger revelling in long-past successes. I'm biased, of course, but if you can read through this issue without sensing the fire and energy and activism at AFA these days - well, it's time for a checkup. This is an organization reborn and stepping strongly ahead.

For example, "Paper or Plastic?" the lead feature on page 21, can help you decide how to do the right thing the next time you visit the supermarket. And how might we handle the forest devastation left "In Hugo's Wake"? The Lookout section, page 17, has some answers. "Recycling the Urban Forest" (page 61) presents some innovative solutions to the landfill crunch. And as the spectre of global warming peppers the headlines, the tree-planting wisdom of AFA's Global ReLeaf [R] initiative is highlighted in our "Global ReLeaf [R] Report," bound in between the center of the magazine proper and the National Register.

All of us at AFA are proud of this special magazine. We're proud of a heritage that allows us to look back at a century of natural-resource accomplishments and ahead to the challenges of the 21st Century. If you're one of us already, we urge you to read this entire magazine and to act and react accordingly. If you're not, get aboard. We promise you a memorable ride.
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Title Annotation:American Forests
Author:Rooney, Bill
Publication:American Forests
Article Type:editorial
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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