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Old 03-31-2009, 04:48 PM
 
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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My guess would be:

Alabama: 60%
Alaska: 35%
Arizona: 20%
Arkansas: 60%
California: 35%
Colorado: 35%
Connecticut: 80%
Delaware: 20%
Florida: 35%
Georgia: 60%
Hawaii: 30%
Idaho: 55%
Illinois: 5%
Indiana: 25%
Iowa: 3%
Kansas: 2%
Kentucky: 60%
Louisiana: 50%
Maine: 90%
Maryland: 40%
Massachusetts: 65%
Michigan: 65%
Minnesota: 35%
Mississippi: 70%
Missouri: 40%
Montana: 25%
Nebraska: 2%
Nevada: 4%
New Hampshire: 85%
New Jersey: 60%
New Mexico: 15%
New York: 60%
North Carolina: 65%
North Dakota: 1%
Ohio: 30%
Oklahoma: 20%
Oregon: 50%
Pennsylvania: 65%
Rhode Island: 60%
South Carolina: 60%
South Dakota: 5%
Tennessee: 50%
Texas: 10%
Utah: 15%
Vermont: 70%
Virginia: 65%
Washington: 65%
Wisconsin: 40%
West Virginia: 90%
Wyoming: 15%
WDNR Weekly News Article - Inventory finds 46 percent of Wisconsin land area covered by forests

You were pretty close.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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Georgia is 66% forested

Welcome to the Georgia Forestry Association Home Page
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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Percent of land that is forested:
United States Map: Percent of Area with Forest, 2002 | The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

1. Maine 85.8%
2. New Hampshire 78.4%
3. West Virginia: 77.2%
4. Vermont: 75.7%
5. Alabama: 70.6%
6. Georgia: 64.2%
7. South Carolina: 63.8%
8. Mississippi: 61.9%
9. Virginia: 60.7%
10. North Carolina: 59.9%
11. Pennsylvania: 55.3%
12. Arkansas: 55.1%
13. Connecticut: 54.7%
14. Tennessee: 52.9%
15. Massachusetts: 52.5%
16. Michigan: 51.2%
17. New York: 50.9%
18. Rhode Island: 50.8%
19. Louisiana: 49.2%
20. Kentucky: 48.6%
21. Wisconsin: 45.2%
22. Florida: 42.4%
23. Washington: 40.7%
24. New Jersey: 39.5%
25. Oregon: 38.8%
26. Maryland: 37.9%
27. Idaho: 31.8%
28. Missouri: 30.3%
29. Delaware: 30.0%
30. Minnesota: 28.9%
30. Ohio: 28.9%
32. Montana: 20.6%
33. Indiana: 18.9%
34. California: 17.8%
35. Colorado: 17.5%
36. Oklahoma: 14.2%
37. Illinois: 11.5%
38. Wyoming: 9.2%
39. Utah: 8.9%
40. Texas: 7.0%
41. New Mexico: 5.6%
42. Iowa: 5.4%
43. Arizona: 4.8%
44. South Dakota: 3.1%
45. Kansas: 2.8%
46. Nebraska: 1.8%
47. North Dakota: 1.0
48. Nevada: 0.5%
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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I used to work on the NRI, which is the NRCS program that calculates land-use.
National Resources Inventory | NRCS


Here is the 2003 land-use report. Page 9 is what you're looking for, you can use those figures to calculate % forest cover.
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/N...anduse-mrb.pdf

But generally speaking, the east coast, southeast, and gulf coast states are the most heavily forested, with roughly 40-65% forest cover.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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Percent of land that is forested:
United States Map: Percent of Area with Forest, 2002 | The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

1. Maine 85.8%
2. New Hampshire 78.4%
3. West Virginia: 77.2%
4. Vermont: 75.7%
5. Alabama: 70.6%
6. Georgia: 64.2%
7. South Carolina: 63.8%
8. Mississippi: 61.9%
9. Virginia: 60.7%
10. North Carolina: 59.9%
11. Pennsylvania: 55.3%
12. Arkansas: 55.1%
13. Connecticut: 54.7%
14. Tennessee: 52.9%
15. Massachusetts: 52.5%
16. Michigan: 51.2%
17. New York: 50.9%
18. Rhode Island: 50.8%
19. Louisiana: 49.2%
20. Kentucky: 48.6%
21. Wisconsin: 45.2%
22. Florida: 42.4%
23. Washington: 40.7%
24. New Jersey: 39.5%
25. Oregon: 38.8%
26. Maryland: 37.9%
27. Idaho: 31.8%
28. Missouri: 30.3%
29. Delaware: 30.0%
30. Minnesota: 28.9%
30. Ohio: 28.9%
32. Montana: 20.6%
33. Indiana: 18.9%
34. California: 17.8%
35. Colorado: 17.5%
36. Oklahoma: 14.2%
37. Illinois: 11.5%
38. Wyoming: 9.2%
39. Utah: 8.9%
40. Texas: 7.0%
41. New Mexico: 5.6%
42. Iowa: 5.4%
43. Arizona: 4.8%
44. South Dakota: 3.1%
45. Kansas: 2.8%
46. Nebraska: 1.8%
47. North Dakota: 1.0
48. Nevada: 0.5%
Good post - I just wanted to point out that this data is of limited use, since it considers "Forest" to only include loggable timberland. For example, it would not include forested wilderness in somewhere like Montana.

It is certainly better than guessing, though
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:03 AM
 
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Good post - I just wanted to point out that this data is of limited use, since it considers "Forest" to only include loggable timberland. For example, it would not include forested wilderness in somewhere like Montana.

It is certainly better than guessing, though
It is fairly reliable, however. The only states affected by such are obviously Alaska, which I chose not to include, as well as parts of Idaho (a large wilderness, lack of roads, etc.), and perhaps a few areas of Montana. However, Montana's forest percentage seems about correct, seeing that over two-thirds is wind-swept plains, plateaus, and valleys.

Texas does seem like it should be in the 15-25%, however. All of the eastern U.S. states seem correct.

Arizona and New Mexico seem a little low. I'd place them at around 10%.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:53 AM
 
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It is fairly reliable, however. The only states affected by such are obviously Alaska, which I chose not to include, as well as parts of Idaho (a large wilderness, lack of roads, etc.), and perhaps a few areas of Montana. However, Montana's forest percentage seems about correct, seeing that over two-thirds is wind-swept plains, plateaus, and valleys.

Texas does seem like it should be in the 15-25%, however. All of the eastern U.S. states seem correct.

Arizona and New Mexico seem a little low. I'd place them at around 10%.
If these stats only include loggable timberland, then a vast amount of the forest land out west would not be included in the stats. Alot of the forest in the Sierra, and Cascades and even Rockies is not loggable.

By the way that percentage post is completely useless considering that states like New Hampshire are so tiny. I think a better chart would include acreage of forest by state. It would give you a better appreciation of the situation.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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If these stats only include loggable timberland, then a vast amount of the forest land out west would not be included in the stats. Alot of the forest in the Sierra, and Cascades and even Rockies is not loggable.

By the way that percentage post is completely useless considering that states like New Hampshire are so tiny. I think a better chart would include acreage of forest by state. It would give you a better appreciation of the situation.


new hampshire is really not that tiny, rhode island now thats tiny, new hampshire is 12 times the size of rhode island.
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Old 04-06-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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By the way that percentage post is completely useless considering that states like New Hampshire are so tiny. I think a better chart would include acreage of forest by state. It would give you a better appreciation of the situation.
I disagree. Your approach would take large, treeless states, and give the false impression that they were more forested than smaller, heavily forested states.

It really depends on what you want the data to show; I personally don't see the point in skewing the results towards large states.
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