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Appendix 4

Table 4-A1. Major Uses of Land In the Contiguous Forty-eight States, 1880-1982
(in millions of acres)
Year Croplanda Grassland
pasture
and rangeb
Forestlandc Other
landd
Total
1880 188 935 628 153 1,904
1890 248 892 604 160 1,904
1900 319 831 578 176 1,904
1920 402 750 567 185 1,904
1930 413 708 607 176 1,904
1940 399 723 602 180 1,904
1950 409 700 606 189 1,904
1959 392 696 614 200 1,902e
1969 384 689 603 221 1,897e
1978 394 661 583 259 1,897e
1982 404 659 567 266 1,896e
Source: Wooten ( 1953).
aExcludes cropland used only for pasture.
bIncludes grassland and other nonforested pasture and range, including cropland used only for pasture.
cExcludes forestland in parks and other special uses.
dIncludes urban areas; rural transportation systems; parks and wildlife areas; defense and industrial uses;
miscellaneous uses not inventoried; and areas of little surface use such as swamps, bare rock areas, desert, and
tundra.
eChanges in total area resulted from changes in methods and measures used to remeasure as well as from
changes in surface area of reservoirs.

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