Ames Forester


Farm woods of the central hardwood region vary widely as to size and as to proportion of total farm area. On good Corn Belt land the woodland area within a county rarely averages more than 10 or 12 acres per 120-acre farm, but south of the glacial boundary the average rises in some counties to 30 or 40 acres per 80-acre farm. In many Corn Belt counties gross woodland area amounts to less than 5 percent; in many hill counties, it exceeds 50 percent. To focus this discussion, I have roughly estimated the average woods area on farms in different parts of the region as follows:



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