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Old 03-23-2009, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Default Forest Cover by Percent, US States

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%
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Err...these are just guesses?

I only know the top 4 most forested states off the top of my head, from looking at data:

1. Maine ~90%
2. New Hampshire ~85%
3. West Virginia ~78%
4. Vermont ~75%
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:29 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY
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20% is correct for oklahoma.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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60% for Pennsylvania "feels" right. The majority of rural land in the southeast part of the state is farmland, but a greater portion of the rest of the state is too rocky or hilly to grow crops.

Somehow, I think Nebraska might be more than 2%, I've heard there are some forrested parts but I'm not an expert on that part of the country so I'll yield to native Nebraskans for that one.
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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20% is correct for oklahoma.

nice!
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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New Mexico is 21 percent forest
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Ohio was at 30% in 1994.
Ohio's Forest Cover has Evolved
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: British Columbia.
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I think by percentage is a little misleading. I think a better perspective would be gauged by cover of acerage. Alaska is King in total "true forest" coverage and has 127.38 million acres of forest land.

Oregon comes in second at 28.836 million acres. Using states like New Hampshire and Vermont is a bit misleading because of their small size. Vermont and New Hampshire are both around 4.5 million acres.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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I think by percentage is a little misleading. I think a better perspective would be gauged by cover of acerage. Alaska is King in total "true forest" coverage and has 127.38 million acres of forest land.

Oregon comes in second at 28.836 million acres. Using states like New Hampshire and Vermont is a bit misleading because of their small size. Vermont and New Hampshire are both around 4.5 million acres.
Also, I've read that New Hampshire and Vermont's forests aren't as "primeval" as some may think. Back in the 18th and early 19th centuries there were large-scale attempts to farm in the area but the soil was far too rocky to make it profitable. So when settlement to the Midwest started increasing the farmers went there and the forests started to regrow. I've never done this, but I've heard if you walk through forests in these states you'll encounter rock walls and other signs that these forests were once farms!
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:04 PM
 
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Also, I've read that New Hampshire and Vermont's forests aren't as "primeval" as some may think. Back in the 18th and early 19th centuries there were large-scale attempts to farm in the area but the soil was far too rocky to make it profitable. So when settlement to the Midwest started increasing the farmers went there and the forests started to regrow. I've never done this, but I've heard if you walk through forests in these states you'll encounter rock walls and other signs that these forests were once farms!
All very true Bob. I've hiked in NH and come upon stone walls & old crumbling homes deep in the middle of the White Mountain National forest.
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