By Douglas W. McCleery
MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yankee woodland for agriculture and trade throughout the nineteenth century. initially of the twentieth century, even though, demographic adjustments and an rising conservation move 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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Over the years, those advocating land preservation and those promoting wise use have 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 25 sometimes been in conflict over the appropriate conservation policies to be applied in particular circumstances. The late 1800s also saw the establishment of conservation groups and associations to champion forest and wildlife protection. The American Forestry Association, formed in 1875, and the Sierra Club, formed in 1892, are both tangible examples of public concern for the forested environment.
The combination of logging, massive wildfires, farm clearing, and wildlife depletion began to call into question the notion of the forest’s inexhaustibility. Fears about future timber supplies combined with implications for increased flooding and watershed damage, declining wildlife populations, harm to the beauty of the American landscape, and even concerns about how forest clearing was affecting the climate itself. George Perkins Marsh raised concerns about the adverse effects farm clearing had on watersheds and other environmental values.
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 . S . S. Forest Ownership and Timber Harvest, 2007 Productive Forestland Timber Harvest C B B C A A A - Private B - Other Public C - National Forest 69% 12% 19% A - Private B - Other Public C - National Forest 92% 6% 2% Figure 26.
American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery by Douglas W. McCleery