America's Renewable Resources: Historical Trends and Current Challenges

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Overview: Renewable Resource Trends

Kenneth D. Frederick and Roger A. Sedjo

This book focuses on understanding the long-term historical trends in the condition and capability of the renewable resources of the United States. The historical approach is based on a belief that much can be learned about the current status and likely future problems of the nation's renewable resources through a better understanding of past changes in the condition, use, and management of the resources. The following chapters examine past trends in the use and management of the nation's water, forest, rangeland, soil and cropland, and wildlife resources, as well as the consequences not only for the resources but for the nation. Current resource conditions are also examined. The final chapter reviews trends in outdoor recreation, an activity that is placing increasing demands on and altering the use of these resources. The capacity to meet the growing demands for outdoor recreation depends in part on the abundance and health of our renewable resources.

Each chapter describes the condition of the resource before any sizable human use or influence, beginning with a look at resource use some two

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