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

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By Douglas W. McCleery

MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yankee wooded area for agriculture and trade in the course of the nineteenth century. at the start of the 20 th century, notwithstanding, demographic alterations and an rising conservation circulate helped decrease 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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Population tripled, the total area of cropland increased by over four times, from seventy-six million to three hundred nineteen million acres. S. population during the 19th century, farmers put another three to four acres under the plow. S. population (see Figure 10). S. Population, 1800–2003 300 1200 1000 A - Population B - Cropland 200 A 800 150 600 100 400 B 50 200 1992 2003 1982 1970 1960 1950 1930 1940 1910 1920 1900 1890 1880 1870 1850 0 1860 0 1800 Millions of acres Millions of people 250 Figure 10.

In 2006, there was actually less land under cultivation than there had been in 1920. 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 29 Figure 12. Introduction of motor vehicles greatly reduced the need for growing food for draft animals, which caused millions of acres of former agricultural lands to revert back to forests. S. forestland is about two-thirds what it was in 1600. While some agricultural lands continue to revert back to forests, that is being offset by forest loss due to urbanization.

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. S. cities. In 1962, Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring galvanized public concern over pesticide use.

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