National Forest Facts

"America has 749 million acres of Forestland,
14 million acres more than in 1920"

US Department of Agriculture, 2004

Number of Forests:

1905: 83 forest reserves

2005: 155 National Forests and 20 National Grasslands

Number of Acres:

1905: 63 million

2005: 192 million

Budget:

1905: $400,000

2005: $4.1 billion

Number of Employees:

1905: 270

2005: 37,648

U.S. Population:

1905: 76 million

2005: 290 million

WILDERNESS:WILDERNESS ACRES CREATED
Nationally 109,494,508 acres
1963-69 12,610,666
1970-79   8,970,692
1980-89 71,461,044
1990-99 11,237,493
2000-07   3,156,713
2009       2,057,900

Source: Wilderness.net, a Web site run jointly by the U.S. government and the University of Montana.

BLM Facts:

2006: 258,000,000 acres

2006: 7,600,000 acres of Wilderness in 177 parcels