Forest cover by state in the United States

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Forest cover by state is estimated from tree-attributes using the basic statistics reported by the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FIA). Tree volumes and weights are not directly measured in the field, but computed from other variables that can be measured.[1][2]

This is only the total amount of timberland, the actual forest cover for each state may be significantly higher.[3][4]

Map of above ground woody biomass across the United States c. 2000[5]
Rank State Percent
1  Maine 89.0%
2  New Hampshire 77.5%
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  Alaska 30.4%
29  Missouri 30.3%
30  Delaware 30.0%
31  Minnesota 28.9%
32  Ohio 28.9%
33  Montana 20.6%
34  Indiana 18.9%
35  California 17.8%
36  Colorado 17.5%
37  Hawaii 17.0%
38  Oklahoma 14.2%
39  Illinois 11.5%
40  Wyoming 9.2%
41  Utah 8.9%
42  Texas 7.0%
43  New Mexico 5.6%
44  Iowa 5.4%
45  Arizona 4.8%
46  South Dakota 3.1%
47  Kansas 2.8%
48  Nebraska 1.8%
49   North Dakota 1.0%
50  Nevada 0.5%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIA Volume Calculations" (PDF). fs.fed.us. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Bechtold, William A.; Patterson, Paul L.; [Editors] 2005. The enhanced forest inventory and analysis program - national sampling design and estimation procedures. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-80. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 85 p.
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ fia@fs.fed.us. "Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program - FIA Library". www.fia.fs.fed.us. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  5. ^ fia@fs.fed.us. "Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program - FIA Library". www.fia.fs.fed.us. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 

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