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This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US
TBI ^ | 1-`12-2012 | Dina Spector

Posted on 01/12/2012 5:21:20 PM PST by blam

This Map Shows Where All The Trees Are In The US

Dina Spector
Jan. 12, 2012, 2:48 PM

NASA's Earth Observatory just released a map illustrating where all the trees are in America.

The map was created over six years by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

The dark swaths of green represent parts of the country with the greatest concentration of biomass.

You can see dense tree cover in the Pacific Northwest as well New England, which has been reforested after intensive logging in the 18th and 19th centuries.


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To: corbe
"I live in the middle of a Pecan orchard, none this year due to the drought (texas), so many trees here, I guess thats why Ferdinand Lindheimer (Texas botanist) moved here when Comanches were still roaming these parts."

Pecans worldwide have their origins in Texas and Northern Mexico.

I just completed chopping down one of my 100 year old pecan trees because lightning struck it. A local guy cut it up and hauled it away to sell as fire wood. Or, maybe to a restaurant for BBQ wood.

There are pecan trees there in Texas (on the Blanco River) that must be 20 feet in diameter. I could park my car behind them and you couldn't see the car.
PS...I retired from TI, Houston.

51 posted on 01/12/2012 6:16:41 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

I hiked some in the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Hurricane Ridge has some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen.


52 posted on 01/12/2012 6:22:00 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a vote for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: blam

This makes me glad I live in MA.,which is usually not the case.

Nice chart.


53 posted on 01/12/2012 6:22:37 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: decimon
"We have more trees in New York than you have in Alabama. Ha ha! ;-)"

We have the world collegiate football champions for three consecutive years, ha, ha.

* 2009 Alabama
* 2010 Auburn
* 2011 Alabama

Eat your heart out.

BTW, the Alabama football program realized a profit of $45 million (after expenses) this year. Trees are not the only green.......

54 posted on 01/12/2012 6:23:36 PM PST by blam
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To: KoRn
At one time a squirrel could travel from tree to tree from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River without ever needing to get down on the ground, according to a character in Peanuts.

That seems to me like a pretty trustworthy source.

55 posted on 01/12/2012 6:24:39 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Theoria
Well, I encourage ya to head down to the coast[Rockport] and see the 1000-2000 year old Live oak[Goose Island Oak].

Ah, Rockport. One of my favorite getaways. Come on, retirement ... I'm ready to make it a permanent home.

56 posted on 01/12/2012 6:26:48 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Kid Rock filmed this video here in Michigan and showcased the Michigan we usually keep to ourselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbbrtaNiQMs&feature=player_embedded

Its a great pro American tune as well.


58 posted on 01/12/2012 6:29:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Just one?

I had three wandering around my back yard a few weeks ago.


59 posted on 01/12/2012 6:29:54 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Theoria
Inspiration Oak
A 500 year old Live Oak vandalized and killed.
60 posted on 01/12/2012 6:30:19 PM PST by blam
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To: dangus

A good part of that “strange slash” in PA is valley farmland.


61 posted on 01/12/2012 6:31:45 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: blam

I’ve seen pics of my town here in MA back in the OLD days and it was completely stripped. It’s amazing to see the difference between now and then.


62 posted on 01/12/2012 6:32:07 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: DuncanWaring

“I had three wandering around my back yard a few weeks ago.”

We’ve got a semi-tame herd of 15 or so that pretty much have the run of our little town — our big topic of conversation this time of year is how to keep ‘em out of our gardens, without hurting their little feelings... ;)


64 posted on 01/12/2012 6:36:10 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: KoRn

OMG...you DO have it thought out!


65 posted on 01/12/2012 6:38:51 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m with you. I don’t know about there, but they have laws in this state about trapping (specifically beavers) and then the same dingbats who put all the laws in place whine about the flooding.

Liberalism is a mental illness.


66 posted on 01/12/2012 6:40:23 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: blam

Great map. You can see where Tornado alley rips up saplings before they ever can cast a shadow, and you can see where the TX hill country is the greenest spot in TX after the Piney Woods.

I can’t live without trees over me, under, beside, in front of. The prairie drive to Houston or Dallas depresses me.


67 posted on 01/12/2012 6:41:58 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: blam

ROLL TIDE!


68 posted on 01/12/2012 6:42:35 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: blam

See that dark patch at the top left of our country.... those are my trees.


69 posted on 01/12/2012 6:44:51 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: blam

I’ve been pushing for a long time for our WA license plates to read : “Chop Wood or Die”.


70 posted on 01/12/2012 6:46:07 PM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: txhurl

I stayed in Frisco for a few months back in the 80s and hated the lack of trees. I spent a week in Longview on my way back north and liked it there though.


71 posted on 01/12/2012 6:47:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: blam
Trees are not the only green.......

Kudzu doesn't count.

72 posted on 01/12/2012 6:49:11 PM PST by decimon
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To: rlmorel

but the truth is, it is a lot more powerful than we are.

Exactly.

And there is a good example of that on the map itself.

If you look closely, you will see two very dense green strips running north-south on the west coast.

On the inside strip, if you look up towards the State of Washington, you will see two white dots of sorts.

The top dot is pretty close to me, about 30 miles. It is Mt. Rainier.

The dot below that (remember, these white areas are places with no trees), is almost exactly 100 miles due south of my house. Took me a bit to realize what it was.

There is a large area there bigger than Mt. Rainier National Park with no trees.

There are no trees there because Mt. St. Helens woke up with a bad hair day!!


73 posted on 01/12/2012 6:51:36 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: decimon
"Kudzu doesn't count. "

Yes it does:

Culinary Kudzu - Who Knew?

74 posted on 01/12/2012 6:57:32 PM PST by blam
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To: cripplecreek

Try a run through the TX Hill Country, if you can. It’s the most amazing example of hydroponics ever. We have no soil - NONE - except for the humus composed of dropped leaves of Cedar, Oak and Elm, and lesser native shrubs.

Our soil is limestone (called caliche once you grade it) and
somehow enables thickets that cease to exist once you get to ‘real’ soil out of the hills.


75 posted on 01/12/2012 7:11:36 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: blam

bump


76 posted on 01/12/2012 7:20:11 PM PST by gibsosa
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To: djf

Wow! Stunning. “Bad Hair Day”, indeed!


77 posted on 01/12/2012 7:22:30 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: blam

Yes, the ‘organic and natural’ crowd assumed that Native Americans, being the indigenous peoples who only could live in total mystical harmony with the earth. The truth is far less mystical. When, for example, they set the forest alight to aid in harvesting game, they didn’t have the means from stopping the forest fire from consuming many square miles of trees.

Today in much of the US, the old Forest Service fire towers are no longer needed because enough people live where nobody used to and fires get reported promptly. And so, in my neck of the woods, the big forest management issue is that cedar trees are taking over where oak and hickory used to prevail. This because we now choose to suppress fires instead of allowing the forest floor to be burned every few years. I can hardly wait until the enviros want to “re-introduce” fire on the heals of their “re-introduced” wolves.


78 posted on 01/12/2012 7:32:13 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: sand88

My grandfather ran a pack train up to hurricane ridge. They built a resort up out of Port Angeles. Heart o the Hills. What pictures I’ve seen of Hurricane Ridge it is beautiful country.


79 posted on 01/12/2012 7:41:55 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: rlmorel

Wiped out 1000 square miles of forest!

If you use Google maps and zoom in on it, it’s pretty stark.

But the animal life, fish, and vegetation are coming back gangbusters.


80 posted on 01/12/2012 7:42:46 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: blam

When did all the state boundaries change? I’ve been in a lot of meetings this week...did I miss something important?

Can we herd all the libs into those big empty white treeless states in the middle? Or is that where they are building the concentration camps for us?


81 posted on 01/12/2012 7:45:04 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: blam
Culinary Kudzu - Who Knew?

Good. If you can't get rid of it then make use of it.

82 posted on 01/12/2012 7:46:28 PM PST by decimon
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To: wardaddy
Slight snow on the ground here and several places with black ice. Our kids won't get out. I drove up the Trace from Jackson to Tupelo last Sunday and the fog was thick. I didn't see a buck the whole way but several does. On the way down I saw the destruction from the April 11, 2011 tornadoes that hit above Eupora and Houston. It made me sad knowing the kind of tree damage that was done to the old trees there on the Trace. I would be sick if it had hit my property. Its going to be years before that area recovers.
83 posted on 01/12/2012 7:49:40 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: rlmorel

It is obvious you’re not a Californian. That isn’t brown! What you saw was “golden.”

I’ve been in California almost 40 years and I still haven’t adjusted to everything being “golden” from May to October and then greening up in the winter. My wife (a native California) suffers the reverse problem when we travel east.


84 posted on 01/12/2012 7:50:11 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Hawthorn
I live on the Northern tip of that Blackland belt and just East of the clear area next to the Tennessee-Tombigbee River area. The area is thick in with wooded areas.
85 posted on 01/12/2012 7:57:25 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Hehe, true enough...:)

Golden!


86 posted on 01/12/2012 8:02:06 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: cripplecreek

” - - - I grew up wandering the southern Michigan woods with no fear of running into anything more dangerous than a raccoon. Today we have confirmed black bears, unconfirmed mountain lions, and we’re overrun with coyotes.”

That’s what happens when the Wolves are exterminated.

BTW, Wolves are the ancestor of Man’s best friend, the dog. AAHHHRRHHhhhhhOOO000LLLLL000oooooooooooooooooooo - - - - - - - - - - -


87 posted on 01/12/2012 8:08:07 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: blam

Wow.

So, there are few trees, if any, in the Plains or deserts? Is anyone surprised by that? Golly, I wonder why they were called Plains and deserts...


88 posted on 01/12/2012 8:10:11 PM PST by womanvet (Lesser of 2 evils is Romney, but No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency)
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To: The_Reader_David
"non-green areas in the map would have been the same 500 or 1000 years ago"

Well, if you don't count the mesquites that the Spaniards gave Texas. The Spaniards brought over mesquite beans to feed their horses while on their walk about.

89 posted on 01/12/2012 8:13:56 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: RetiredArmy
I hear ya. And if they weren't growing all that darn food the trees might have a chance.
:P
90 posted on 01/12/2012 8:14:21 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: blam

That dark green on the West Coast is Sugar Pine country.


91 posted on 01/12/2012 8:34:02 PM PST by thecodont
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To: Marcella

To #12: The boat is on its’ way.


92 posted on 01/12/2012 8:36:48 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: rlmorel
But after a week in a very arid Southern California, it was breathtaking to come home.

After spending some time in the Southwest years ago, I was always king of amazed of how brown every thing was. When back home in Western PA, a met a couple who were from Tucson and they were amazed by how green every thing was.

I guess it boils down to what you are used to.

93 posted on 01/12/2012 8:37:12 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: cripplecreek

Your town looks beautiful. My place on the Rockies has about an average (rough surface from winds) foot-thick crust of snow-ice that will probably be here until summer (and probably deeper at times). Wind gusts over 100 mph and temps below 0 last night. No trees here and not many for miles.


94 posted on 01/12/2012 8:38:49 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: blam
I've read (a few years ago)that there are more trees alive in the US today than there was when the Europeans first landed.

And it's true. Every year, Weyerhauser, Georgia-Pacific and the rest plant thousands more trees than they cut.

Moreover, since the first global survey (Surveyor, 1968), the global acreage of forest has increased every single year.

Must be all that CO2...

95 posted on 01/12/2012 8:50:55 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Deaf Smith

I had a mesquite stump with a shoot coming out bearing a 2” thorn that slashed my off-road Michelin like a latex balloon.

As I understand, the Juniper Ash (cedar tree) is also a gift from Spain.

I used to view it as something to be uprooted, burned, chipped until I considered its dewing function.


96 posted on 01/12/2012 9:03:27 PM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: plymaniac
Maine wins!

A hundred years ago, New Hampshire was burning so much discarded slash in the most distant part of the state that buggy-drivers in Boston couldn't see ahead. The committee that founded the NH Forest Protection Association started in Boston!

"...New England, which has been reforested after intensive logging in the 18th and 19th centuries..."

About 15 years ago, New Hampshire tourism once advertised on the Internet that it was a state "97% trees and 3% 'under water'".

97 posted on 01/13/2012 1:32:45 AM PST by Does so ("What elephant?")
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To: rlmorel
"...When I saw that tree a few years back, I admit there was something awesome about standing there looking at it, just imagining everything that tree had presided over..."

The Joshua Tree of the Southwest is very long-lived—like thousands of years; fortunately, it is not a valuable tree for the market.

"If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden.

If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a tree".

98 posted on 01/13/2012 1:40:48 AM PST by Does so ("What elephant?")
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To: KoRn
Would love to see what that map would have looked like 300 years ago.

Much second- and third-growth is of less-marketable trees. When I stepped out of a lumber store with White Pine under one arm to finsh a 50-year-old house project, I realized I'd just spent $90 for three boards.

White Pine is a valuable tree where its dropped needles will stop erosion. They are being clearcut by the thousands every year. We have flooding problems in some villages now.

In central New Hampshire, the original White Pine has been replaced by the near-worthless Eastern Hemlock, which crowds out everything else through its deep shade. The decreasing numbers of mature Red Pine and Cedar are almost tourist attractions.

I wanted very much to buy an antique hutch made from Chestnut, only because the tree disappeared from the forests. The buyer of my central Florida home dropped an ancient lakeside Bald Cypress, because he didn't know that those trees drop all their leaves every winter—and thought it was dead. :-/

99 posted on 01/13/2012 2:06:53 AM PST by Does so ("What elephant?")
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To: familyop

Its been an extraordinarily warm winter so far but have no fear, its 19 degrees this morning and winter has arrived about a month late.


100 posted on 01/13/2012 2:45:51 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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