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Chapter 2: Current and Historical Trends in Use, Management and Disturbance of United States Forest Lands-English Unit Data
by Richard A. Birdsey & George M. Lewis

Table 10. Area of forest land by forest type, Eastern and Western conterminous United States, 1953-19971.

Eastern U.S.2:
  White-Red-Jack Pine
10.5
11.9
13.8
14.6
12.1
  Spruce-Fir
21.2
21.9
21.0
19.6
17.5
  Longleaf-slash pine (planted)
0.6
2.4
4.8
7.6
7.9
  Longleaf-slash pine (natural)
22.7
20.8
12.1
8.0
5.7
  Loblolly-shortleaf pine (planted)
1.3
5.2
10.3
11.4
21.3
  Loblolly-shortleaf pine (natural)
54.0
50.4
40.0
38.7
31.5
  Oak-Pine
25.9
25.8
35.0
31.9
34.1
  Oak-Hickory
115.0
122.1
125.2
130.9
131.2
  Oak-Gum-Cypress
39.8
37.4
28.0
29.9
31.1
  Elm-Ash-Cottonwood
15.8
18.5
23.4
15.2
13.6
  Maple-Beech-Birch
32.2
34.0
38.7
47.8
55.6
  Aspen-Birch
20.2
21.2
20.4
18.6
18.0
  Other Forest Types
1.0
0.9
0.3
0.4
7.5
  Nonstocked
31.7
26.7
11.2
6.3
2.2
Western U.S.3:
  Douglas Fir
35.5
39.9
34.8
41.8
42.0
  Ponderosa Pine
42.5
38.0
31.4
33.1
32.3
  Western White Pine
5.3
4.3
0.5
0.3
0.6
  Fir-Spruce
20.9
21.5
25.3
24.9
29.4
  Hemlock-Sitka Spruce
3.8
4.8
6.4
6.2
8.9
  Larch
4.9
3.6
2.7
2.8
1.3
  Lodgepole Pine
22.8
22.3
19.6
18.4
17.5
  Redwood
1.5
0.2
0.8
1.3
0.9
  Other hardwoods
20.7
25.4
28.3
27.9
28.1
  Other Forest Types
6.3
6.3
6.9
8.3
11.5
  Pinyon-Juniper
48.2
45.7
49.3
49.8
49.0
  Chaparral
8.7
8.8
8.4
8.1
5.2
  Nonstocked
11.9
11.2
8.8
5.1
2.0
1From Smith et al. (2001) and other Forest Service reports (see text).
2Includes Northeast, North Central, Southeast, South Central, and Great Plains regions.
3Include Intermountain and Pacific Coast regions.


Users of these tables are kindly requested to cite their source:
Birdsey, Richard A.; Lewis, George M. 2002. Current and Historical Trends in Use,
Management and Disturbance of United States Forest Lands. IN: Kimble, John et al. (eds.),
The Potential of U.S. Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect.
Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. XXX p.