Here’s How America Uses Its Land

Some perspective on the percentage of public and private land use in the lower 48.

  • More than one-third of U.S. land is used for pasture—by far the largest land-use type in the contiguous 48 states.
  • Agricultural land takes up about a fifth of the country.
  • More than 100 million acres of special-use areas are park and wilderness areas, where most commercial activities, such as logging, mining, and grazing, are excluded.
  • Weyerhaeuser Co. is the largest private owner of timberlands in the U.S. With 12.4 million acres, the company controls 2.3 percent of all commercially available timber, an area nearly the size of West Virginia.
  • Two million acres devoted to golf courses.

LINK (via: Bloomberg)

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