What percentage of the forest in the United States has been destroyed?



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    Out of an estimated 1 billion acres from the 17th century, 747 million acres remain. However, these remaining acres do not necessarily have the same characteristics as the forests of 300 years ago due to replanting, reversion to forest land from agricultural land, and fire suppression.

    Depending on what you mean by the word “destroyed,” your figures might change in the contexts of fragmentation by roads, fire suppression, and continuous logging. The citation has interesting figures regarding ownership and what species of trees are where.

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