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By Douglas W. McCleery

MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yank woodland for agriculture and trade through the nineteenth century. at first of the 20 th century, although, demographic adjustments and an rising conservation circulate helped decrease wildfire and inspire reforestation. this present day there's extra forestland within the U.S. than there has been seventy five years in the past.

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That figure had risen dramatically by 1939, when twelve hundred received such degrees. S. forestry research and practical experience also increased, providing a sound foundation from which forestry professionals could work. S. 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.

S. productive forestland, yet supply 92 percent of the wood volume harvested. under which minimal management would occur. The national forests were also challenged to meet the requirements of national environmental laws passed during the 1970s that: expanded opportunities and legal standing for individuals to challenge Forest Service and other federal agency actions in court; created substantive legal requirements for federal agencies to meet (including greatly expanded environmental analysis and public involvement requirements); and created federal regulatory agencies to oversee implementation of these environmental laws.

In the East, it has doubled. 1990 over thirty-three million national forest acres had been designated as wilderness. Approximately half of this land is forested. RISE OF PRIVATE FOREST MANAGEMENT Until the 1920s, the forest products industry showed little interest in forest management. In fact, timber companies often sold cutover tracts for farmland or even let it revert to the counties for nonpayment of taxes. Tax codes had an effect on land use; because property taxes were based on the combined value of land and timber, landowners were implicitly encouraged to cut timber and thereby reduce their tax burden.

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