Douglas W. McCleery's American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery PDF

By Douglas W. McCleery

ISBN-10: 0890300488

ISBN-13: 9780890300480

MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yank woodland for agriculture and trade in the course of the nineteenth century. in the beginning of the 20 th century, even though, demographic alterations and an rising conservation circulate 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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Timberland management. S. productive forestland is privately held. These lands provide 92 percent of the nation’s timber harvest volume (see Figure 26). THE RISE AND FALL OF COMMERCIAL TIMBER PRODUCTION FROM FEDERAL LANDS As the demands for other uses and values of public lands exploded after 1970, the national forests became the focus of increasingly intense controversy. This was reflected in the demands of growing numbers of economically affluent and politically influential urban dwellers for expanded recreational opportunities and increased set-asides of undeveloped lands as preserves P O S T WA R D E M A N D S O N U .

Second, after 1930 agricultural productivity began to improve due to genetically-improved crops, irrigation, and increased use of fertilizers. S. farmers produce crop yields per acre five times greater than those produced in 1930. East, both for domestic use and for export. In the South, forests were cleared for cotton, tobacco, and other crops. USE OF THE FOREST FOR FUEL The volume of wood used in 1850 was almost six times the volume of fifty years earlier. By mid-century, wood still supplied more than 90 percent of the nation’s heat energy needs; domestic heating and cooking accounted for the largest use of wood fuel (see Figure 7).

In the East, the once enormously abundant passenger pigeon was decimated by over hunting and loss of habitat. In the West the buffalo was one of the most dramatic examples of a large number of wildlife populations that by the last half of the 19th century had been severely diminished. By 1890 people had eliminated the whitetail deer from much of its range east of the Mississippi, including all the New England states west of northern Maine, as well as Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, most of Pennsylvania, and the Lake States except the extreme northern portions of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

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