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Top 10 U.S. States with the Most Forest

Can you guess the ten U.S. states that have the most timberland?
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Last updated: April 03, 2017
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km2
State
%
450,000
Alaska
30.4
96,000
Oregon
38.8
96,000
Georgia
64.2
93,000
Alabama
70.6
78,000
Montana
20.6
75,000
North Carolina
59.9
75,000
Mississippi
61.9
75,000
Michigan
51.2
74,000
Arkansas
55.1
72,000
California
17.8
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level ∞
Apr 3, 2017
These answers might look different if the criteria was total amount of tree mass. Check out this map. While states like Michigan might have a lot of forest cover, you can see that the forests of the Pacific Northwest are much, much denser. I'm not sure if this is due to climate or the relative age of the forests.
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level 75
Apr 3, 2017
Probably both. Also, remember that the tree species common in the eastern half of the US don't get as big as many of those common on the west coast - even exceptional individual trees that might be centuries old.
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level 62
Apr 3, 2017
Taking the scale (= degree of green) into consideration, I would argue that Washington is one of the top states and potentially also New York and Pennsylvania have more timberland than those South-East states, don't?
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level 66
Apr 3, 2017
Wow 64% in Georgia? We need to get to harvesting.
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level 54
Jul 5, 2017
not sure that's the right attitude...
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level 52
Nov 17, 2017
From Georgia, can not confirm, we like our forests. And our rolling hills. We're nature people, which explains why Atlanta is such a weird city.
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level 39
Jan 12, 2018
NO gerogia has these rare things in their forests called bald spots. These contain a lot of the rare wildlife in georgia and the state holds some of the rarer trees from appalachia
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level 63
Apr 3, 2017
never have been to the US. would have thought states where nobody lives like wyoming or Idaho would have lots of forrests. never thougth about the south as with many trees. you learn something new every day...
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level 75
Apr 3, 2017
Yeah, over 15% of Wyoming is National Forest land, but less than 10% of Wyoming is forested. Go figure.
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level ∞
Apr 4, 2017
10% seems about right looking at the satellite map.
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level 39
Jan 12, 2018
iowa is almost entirely just farmland, unless you're in a park or town the only trees are around a farmhouse...
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level 39
Jan 12, 2018
or the occasional swamp (they're almost gone, though)
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level 61
Jul 5, 2017
That's the Great Plains. There aren't many trees out there.
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level 55
Jul 5, 2017
Idaho does have a lot of forested land.
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level 39
Jan 12, 2018
wyoming is more like a prairie state
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level 72
Apr 6, 2017
When I was in Connecticut I was told it's the most forested state in US, but apparently it's not true. Any idea why they'd think that?
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level 47
Jul 5, 2017
Maybe it has the largest percentage of forest to total land area, but Connecticut is a tiny state.
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level 57
Jul 5, 2017
I agree. There's a whole lot of trees here, but not a whole lot of space for them.
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level 61
Jul 5, 2017
Wrong. It might have the most total trees but it ranks 13th by percentage.
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level 70
Jul 15, 2017
This state sucks so much we like to make up stuff about it to make ourselves feel better.
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level 37
Apr 8, 2017
Did not expect to see some of these on here. Maybe extend the time just a little bit, especially because this one gets you thinking more, and when 4 answers are hovering around the 50% guessed mark. Interesting quiz though!
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level 69
Apr 9, 2017
If any more time were added you would be able to guess all of the states.
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level 51
Apr 12, 2017
Surprised not to see Maine here.
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level 61
Jul 5, 2017
It's number one by percentage, a whopping 89%. It's just too small.
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level 63
Jul 5, 2017
It's kind of disappointing that the state that literally means "Penn's Woods" doesn't even crack the top ten. I wonder how high it ranks?
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level 61
Jul 5, 2017
55.3% of Pennsylvania is forest, making it 11th as a percentage but that only totals about 66,000 km2. I'm actually from Pennsylvania so I can tell you it varies by region. Much of the land has been cleared for farming and development but the north-central part of the state is still the "Pennsylvania Wilderness". There are probably animals in those woods that have never seen a human before.
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level 70
Jul 15, 2017
I'm shocked Washington wasn't on this list.
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level 57
Dec 9, 2017
Me too..
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level 77
Oct 18, 2018
It's damn close--a little over 70,000 km2 according to the source.
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level 42
Oct 23, 2018
I was surprised that Wisconsin wasn't on here. You see trees everywhere especially in the northern half of the state. I love trees! Go Arbor Day!
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level 33
Nov 5, 2018
that's why atlanta is called a city in a forest
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level 50
Mar 26, 2019
No West Virginia? It's almost entirely forested it seems like
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level 57
Mar 28, 2019
I was so sure that upstate would get New York on here.
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