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Forest Ownership Map of the Conterminous United States

Photo of U.S. forest ownership map. Jake Hewes, USDA Forest ServiceU.S. forest ownership map. Jake Hewes, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Nearly two-thirds of the forests of the conterminous U.S. are privately owned, not publicly owned, as many assume. To help clear up this understanding, Forest Service scientists have created a map and a spatial data product to help illustrate the distribution of forest ownership across the nation.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Butler, Brett J.  
Research Location : Amherst, MA
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 628

Summary

Nearly two-thirds of the forests of the conterminous U.S. are privately owned, not publicly owned, as many assume. To help clear up this understanding, Forest Service scientists have created a map and a spatial data product to help illustrate the distribution of forest ownership across the nation. The data product contains raster data depicting the spatial distribution of forest ownership types in the conterminous United States circa 2009. The data are a modeled representation of forest land by ownership type, and include three types of public ownership: federal, state, and local, as well as three types of private: family (includes individuals and families), corporate, and other private (includes conservation and natural resource organizations, unincorporated partnerships and associations, and Native American tribal lands).

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst