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United States of America Forest Information and Data

According to the U.N. FAO, 33.2% or about 304,022,000 ha of United States of America is forested, according to FAO. Of this 24.8% ( 75,277,000 ) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest. United States of America had 25,363,000 ha of planted forest.

Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2010, United States of America lost an average of 384,350 ha or 0.13% per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, United States of America gained 2.6% of its forest cover, or around 7,687,000 ha.

United States of America's forests contain 19,308 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. Biodiversity and Protected Areas: United States has some 2001 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 26.3% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 9.4% are threatened. United States is home to at least 19473 species of vascular plants, of which 20.7% are endemic. 8.4% of United States is protected under IUCN categories I-V.

The following contains data relating to forest cover in United States of America

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United States of America: Forest Cover, 2010
Total Land Area (1000 square kilometers)916193
Total Forest Area (1000 ha)304022
Percent Forest Cover33
Primary Forest Cover (1000 ha)75277
Primary Forest, % total forest25
Other wooded land (1000 ha)14933
Percent other wooded land2




United States of America: Breakdown of forest types, 2010
Primary forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)7527725
Other naturally regenerated forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)20338267
Planted Forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)253638


United States of America: Trends in Total (Net) Forest Cover, 1990-2010
TOTAL FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
296335300195302108304022
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
386383383
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
0.130.130.13


United States of America: Trends in Natural Forest Cover (Deforestation), 1990-2010
FOREST COVER (excluding planted forests) (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
278397277635277683278659
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-76-76102
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
0.0-0.030.04


United States of America: Trends in Primary or Old Growth Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PRIMARY FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
69980728787407575277
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
290239240
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
0.410.330.32


United States of America: Trends in Planted Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PLANTED FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
17938225602442525363
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
462373188
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
2.321.600.76


United States of America: Primary designated function (percent)
ProductionProtection of soil and waterConservation of biodiversitySocial servicesMultiple useOtherNone or unknown
3002504600


United States of America: Forest ownership and management rights 2005 (percent)
OWNERSHIP PATTERN
Public ownershipPrivate ownershipOther
43570


PRIVATE OWNERSHIP
IndividualsBusiness entities and institutionsLocal, indigenous and tribal communities
69310


HOLDER OF MANAGEMENT RIGHTS OF PUBLIC FORESTS
Public administrationIndividualsBusiness entities and InstitutionsCommunitiesOther
1000000
United States of America: Growing stock in forest
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total
(million m3)
Per hectare
(m3)
Coniferous
(million m3)
Broadleaved
(million m3)
% commercial species
47088155342821280592
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total (million m3)Per hectare (m3)Coniferous (million m3)Broadleaved (million m3)% commercial species
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United States of America: Trends in carbon stock in living forest biomass 1990-2010
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(million metric tons)
1990200020052010
16951179981863119308
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(per hectare in tons)
2000
64
ANNUAL CHANGE
(1 000 t/yr)
1990200020052010
105127135
ANNUAL CHANGE PER HECTARE
(t/ha/yr)
1990200020052010
n.s.n.s.n.s.


United States of America: Area of forest affected by fire and other disturbances 2005
FOREST FIRE
1000 ha% wild fire (not managed burn)
216966


EXCLUDING FOREST FIRE
InsectsDiseasesOther biotic agentsAbiotic factorsTotal (excluding fire)% of 2005 forest area
5640-----


United States of America: Trends in removals of wood products 1990-2005
INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
499193495740481006100
WOODFUEL
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
97725517795110167


United States of America: Value of wood and NWFP removals 2005
Value of removals
(million US$)
Value per ha forest
(US$)
Industrial roundwoodWoodfuelNWFPTotal
22599312132724238n.s.


United States of America: Employment in forestry 1990-2005
TOTAL
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
--169
IN PRIMARY PRODUCTION OF GOODS-FORESTRY
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
-164160
IN MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS-CONSERVATION
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
--9


United States of America: Forest policy and legal framework 2008
National forest policy (year): Yes (1969)
Sub-national forest policy: Yes
National forest program (year) - status: No (-) -
National forest law (year): Specific forest law (-) Sub-national forest law: Yes

United States of America: Human resources within public forest institutions 2000-2008
200020052008
#% female#% female#% female
----2963738


United States of America: Forest revenue and public expenditure on forestry 2005
Forest revenuePublic expenditure (1000 US$)
Domestic fundingExternal fundingTotal
(1000 US$)Operational expenditureTransfer paymentsOperational expenditureTransfer paymentsOperational expenditureTransfer payments
-5236549640756----


United States of America: Status of ratification of international conventions and agreements as of 1 January 2010
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  • Ramsar:
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    United States of America : References & Data Sources
     Environment, Land use / Resources, Economy, Population / Demographics, Infrastructure, Health -- CIA World Factbook, 2005
     Forest Cover, Forest types, Breakdown of forest types, Change in Forest Cover, Primary forests, Forest designation, Disturbances affecting forest land, Value of forests, Production, trade and consumption of forest products -- The FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS's Global Forest Resources Assessment (2005 & 2010) and the State of the World's Forests (2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001)
     Protected Areas, Plant and animal biodiversity -- United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). 2004. World Database on Protected Areas.
     Biosphere reservers -- United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Man and Biosphere Program. 2004. UNESCO - MAB Biosphere Reserves Directory.
     RAMSAR sites -- The Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands . 2005. The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
     World Resources Institute's EarthTrends web site
     The 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
     Population Data -- United Nations Population Fund
     With additional analysis by Rhett Butler of mongabay.com



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