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

Table 1: Land Area of the United States by land use/land cover class, 1987 and 1997.

  Timberland
190.2
198.5
8.4
  Reserved forest land
15.1
17.0
1.9
  Other forest land
40.4
34.6
-5.9
  Cropland
164.5
152.3
-12.2
  Conservation reserve
5.5
13.2
7.7
  Pasture land
51.6
48.4
-3.2
  Range land
249.3
247.2
-2.1
  Other rural land
20.0
20.4
0.5
  Developed land
32.0
39.5
7.5
    Sum of forest and nonforest
768.4
771.0
2.6
    Unreconciled difference4
4.4
7.1
2.7
  Timberland
6.4
5.0
-1.4
  Reserved forest land
2.1
4.0
1.9
  Other forest land
43.7
42.5
-1.2
  Timberland
0.3
0.3
0.0
  Reserved forest land
0.0
0.1
0.0
  Other forest land
0.4
0.3
0.0
    Total forest land
0.7
0.7
0.0
    Total nonforest land
1.0
1.0
0.0
  Timberland
196.8
203.8
7.0
  Reserved forest land
17.2
21.0
3.8
  Other forest land
84.5
77.4
-7.1
1 From Smith et al. 2001.
2 From USDA NRCS 2001 (private land) and other public records.
3 From U.S. Census.
4 The sum of Individual sources of information does not equal the total land area because of differences in sampling, definitions, timing, and scope of data collection.


Users of these tables are kindly requested to cite their source:
Birdsey, Richard A.; Lewis, George M. 2002. Current and Historical Trends n 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.