Based on the original United States Land Office survey, it has been estimated that 18 percent of the total state land area was once covered by forest. Today, less than 4 percent of the Iowa landscape remains in forest. In essence, Iowa's forest lands have a value underrated and misunderstood by most of its citizens. Threatened with exhaustion of our natural forest heritage, it is imperative that the citizens of this state awaken at last to the necessity of protecting what is left. The appreciation, conservation, restoration and wise management of our remaining forest resource must play a critical role within all future planning at state, county and local decision-making levels.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1981 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"The Natural Forest Communities of Iowa: A Resource in Trouble,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 18
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol18/iss1/2