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. before everything of the 20 th century, although, demographic adjustments 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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Timber sales and most other commodity uses were prohibited in these areas. By P O S T WA R D E M A N D S O N U . S . S. Standing Timber Volume Per Acre, All Major Owners, by Region, 1953–2007 4000 Cubic feet/acre/year 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 B C D E A 500 0 South North A - 1953 B - 1977 C - 1987 Rocky Mountains D - 1997 Pacific Coast E - 2007 Figure 22. S. forests has increased dramatically in all regions except the Pacific Coast, where per acre volume declined slightly in the 1970s and early 1980s because of the harvest of old growth timber, but now exceeds 1952 levels.
By 2007 plywood and other panel product’s share had risen to 16 percent. Expanded use of preservative treatments also reduced the demand for wood. By 1920 virtually all crossties were being treated, and by 1960 railroad use of wood had dropped to one-fifth of what it had been in 1900. STABILIZATION OF FOREST AREA By the 1920s, a change occurred that was little recognized or commented upon at the time. That was that the inexorable three-hundred-year loss of forestland in the United States had substantially halted.
The increasing scarcity and expense of fuelwood spurred innovations in the form of cast-iron wood stoves, which were four to six times more efficient in the use of wood than fireplaces. S. Patent Office issued more patents for stoves (over eight WESTWARD EXPANSION & EASTERN INDUSTRIAL GROWTH 15 Domestic Production of Forest Products, 1800–2005 A - Exports/Pulp & Logs B - Plywood & Veneer C - Pulp 15 D - Lumber E - Miscellaneous F - Fuelwood A B C 10 D 5 E F 1990 1975 1960 1945 1930 1915 1900 1870 1850 1830 1800 0 2005 Billions of cubic feet 20 Figure 7.