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Saving Penn's Woods: Deforestation and Reforestation in Pennsylvania

Peter Linehan
Pennsylvania Legacies
Vol. 10, No. 1 (May 2010), pp. 20-25
DOI: 10.5215/pennlega.10.1.20
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5215/pennlega.10.1.20
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Abstract If today's high-resolution satellite imagery could somehow be used to survey the forests of the eastern United States of the 1880s and 1890s, we would notice some significant problems on the landscape. Large areas of land that should have been covered by trees would be nearly denuded. Other tracts would be charred by recent forest fires, many of which would still be smoldering. We would see evidence of flooding in large and small valleys, and streams and rivers would be stained brown from soil erosion.

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