By Douglas W. McCleery
MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yankee woodland for agriculture and trade through the nineteenth century. in the beginning of the twentieth century, notwithstanding, demographic alterations and an rising conservation circulation 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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By the 1850s this trend began to give way in some places to natural succession and reversion to forestland in areas less suited to mechanized farming. Centeral Massachusetts images, 1880s (top) and the same scene in 2000 (bottom). ; most of them had studied the European experience, including conditions that often applied poorly to American forests. S. forests was to expand the number of trained forestry professionals. In 1900 only two colleges offered forestry curricula—Cornell and Yale. By 1915 there were thirteen; and ten more were operating by the time of World War II.
However, it took three decades before wildfires were reduced to present levels. Of all the efforts to educate the public about fires, the introduction in 1944 of Smokey Bear as a symbol of fire prevention was perhaps the most successful and widely recognized. By the late 1950s, as a result of increasingly sophisticated fire protection, suppression, and public education, both the area burned and size of fires had been substantially reduced. In recent years, a multi-year drought in the West, and the increasing density of forests, have lead to an increase in the area burned (see Figure 16).
Tax codes, state laws encouraging—even regulating—fire protection and reforestation, and the rising real price of wood products prompted increased management of private forestlands for long-term timber growing, especially following World War II. 6 million acres, half of which was in the South. 2 million acres during the 1980s (see Figure 25). Much of this tree planting was in the South and Pacific Coast. S. timber harvest volume. Since the mid-1990s this picture has changed dramatically. Industrial landowners have sold most of their land and these large-scale timberland ownerships have been restructured into Timber Investment Management P O S T WA R D E M A N D S O N U .