American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery by Douglas W. McCleery

By Douglas W. McCleery

MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yankee wooded area for agriculture and trade through the nineteenth century. first and foremost of the twentieth century, notwithstanding, demographic adjustments and an rising conservation circulate helped lessen wildfire and inspire reforestation. at the present time there's extra forestland within the U.S. than there has been seventy five years in the past.

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At the same time there have been substantial increases in lumber imports, mostly from Canada. S. S. softwood lumber consumption. INCREASING SOCIAL INTEREST AND APPRECIATION OF FORESTS The social forces that so dramatically changed the management of federal and many public lands over the last two decades are a reflection of the growing national and global interest in forests. This interest began in the late 1800s and lead to the first national conservation movement and the establishment of the conservation framework discussed earlier.

Since the mid-1990s this picture has changed dramatically. Industrial landowners have sold most of their land and these large-scale timberland ownerships have been restructured into Timber Investment Management P O S T WA R D E M A N D S O N U . S . F O R E S T S 45 National Forest Recreational Use, 1925–1996 400 Millions of visits 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 1996 1991 1985 1979 1973 1967 1961 1955 1949 1943 1937 1931 1925 0 Figure 24. After World War II, steadily increasing national economic growth provided the basis for increasing personal income and leisure time.

And southern Appalachians could not compete with lands of the Ohio Valley and the rest of the Midwest. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1835 was the first major step in this reversion to forest that occurred in the Northeast. Vermont is typical of the abandonment: in the 1850s, only about 35 percent of Vermont was forest, with the remainder primarily crops and pasture. Seventy-eight percent of the state had become forest by 2007. As surely as the Erie Canal and the railroads created a prosperous Midwest, they signaled the decline of agriculture in New England.

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