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 yank wooded area for agriculture and trade through the nineteenth century. firstly of the 20 th century, even though, demographic alterations and an rising conservation flow helped lessen wildfire and inspire reforestation. this day there's extra forestland within the U.S. than there has been seventy five years in the past.

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Colleges. S. INCREASED RESEARCH FOR SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT Forestry research shifted as interest in the subject grew. Before 1900 forestry research focused on identification and description of trees, shrubs, and forest vegetation, timber use, consumption, and probable future timber supplies. That began to change after 1900. In 1910 the Forest Service established the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. Its purpose was to seek ways to improve the utilization of wood products. Even before 1910, Forest Service researchers had been working with railroad companies seeking ways to extend the service life of wooden crossties through preservative treatments and other methods.

The agricultural land abandonment that started in the Northeast in the 1850s gradually spread during the next century to other parts of the East, to the E M E R G E N C E O F A C A L L F O R C O N S E RVAT I O N E F F O RT S 31 Forest Trends in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, 1650–2000 80 60 40 Early Colonial Setting 20 Land Clearing for Agriculture and Timber Forests Grow Back on Abandoned Land Development Percentage of watershed forested 100 2000 1950 1900 1850 1800 1750 1700 1650 0 Figure 14. S.

The vast improvement in agricultural productivity, which made possible the stabilization of cropland area, is a truly remarkable accomplishment which has been a major benefit to American forests. 1910, farmers cleared about one hundred ninety million acres of forest for crops and pasture, an amount greater than the total over the previous two hundred fifty years of settlement. 5 square miles of forest per day. All sections of the country contributed to forest clearing for agriculture between 1850 and 1910, with about forty-four million acres (23 percent) occurring on the Pacific Coast and in the Southwest; and 146 million acres (76 percent) in the East and South.

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