By Douglas W. McCleery
MacCleery recounts how settlers got rid of a lot of the yank wooded area for agriculture and trade in the course of the nineteenth century. firstly of the 20 th century, notwithstanding, demographic adjustments and an rising conservation stream helped lessen 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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After World War II, steadily increasing national economic growth provided the basis for increasing personal income and leisure time. That, along with the proliferation of automobiles, revolutionized the recreational habits of the American people. Increasing recreational visits to the National Forests reflect a pattern common to other public lands as well. Increased recreational demands came at the same time that the nation’s public forests were also experiencing increased demands for other uses.
Pronghorn Populations, 1910–2000 Thousands of pronghorn 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 Figure 20. 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 1940 1930 1920 1910 0 40 AMERICAN FORESTS management and game law enforcement were established. Before 1930 most state game departments were staffed by political appointees whose competence and tenure depended on the governor. Increased wildlife professionalism, coupled with improving habitat conditions, especially on millions of acres of abandoned farm lands in the East and South, provided the foundation to reintroduce wildlife species into formerly occupied ranges.
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). Over the years, there has been increasing recognition that strict wildfire protection has caused some unintended results in some areas and that fire can play an important ecological role in many forest and grassland ecosystems. This has lead to increasing flexibility in fire management policies, allowing reintroduction of fire on a controlled basis into forest ecosystems where it is appropriate to do so.
American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery by Douglas W. McCleery