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American Land Policy 1787-1891
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Featured Reference Cubbage, Frederick W., Jay O’Laughlin, and Charles S. Bullock III. 1993. Forest Resource Policy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Private vs. Public Land Private Land : owned by individuals or corporations Public Land : owned by federal, state, or local government
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The American Tradition of Private Property Land drew settlers from Europe Property rights & the American Revolution An essential freedom th Amendment)
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As early as 1776, Americans “enjoyed a higher standard of living than any people in the world.” David McCullough, 1776
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Ownership of Forest Land in the U.S. in 2007
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Public vs. Private Land Ownership At one time or another, the federal government held title to 82.5 percent of the land area of the United States 29 percent remains in public ownership The remaining 53.5 percent has been transferred to the private sector or the states
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Federal Forests: 2007 33% of U.S. forest land is federally owned National Forests, National Parks, BLM, Indian Reservations, Military, etc. 147,181,000 acres (19.6%) in National Forests 101,232,000 acres in other federal ownership 86% of federally-owned forests are in the western U.S.
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State and Local Forests: 2007 State and local governments own 44,938,000 acres of forest (9.7% of America’s forest land) Total public ownership of forest land (Federal, state, and local) is 319,161,000 acres
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Public Forest Land
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Publicly Owned Forest Land by Region: 2007 5% 8% 9% 34% 44% Northeast North Central South Rocky Mountains Pacific Coast
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Privately Owned Forest Land by Region: 2007 16% 14% 9% 17% 44% Northeast North Central South Rocky Mountains Pacific Coast
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20% 31% 13% 75% 67% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% N o r t h e a s C n l S u R c k y M i P f Percent of Forested Land in Public Ownership by Region: 2007
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2012 for the course HISTORY 104 taught by Professor Reed during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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