Woodlands in the midwest have gone through a transitional period since the settlers first came through. At first they were of utility, then of nuisance in clearing the land for farming and finally of value created by aesthetic awareness and scarcity.
Thomson, George W.
"The Prairie Grove Revisited,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 68
, Article 5.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/amesforester/vol68/iss1/5