This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Prof. Brewer, in discussing the distribution of American woodlands, says, that though Maine is the great source of Pine and Spruce lumber, the hardwood species predominate in that State. The wooded area of New England is not diminishing, but the amount of sawed lumber is lessening - an indication that the trees are cut younger. In the Middle States the wooded area is sensibly and rapidly becoming smaller. The New England and Middle Staters furnish hardwood trees; in the Southeastern States, from Virginia to Florida, is a belt of timber which supplies the hard and yellow pine; and the Northwestern region contains immense areas of common pine. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean stretches a treeless area 350 miles wide in its narrowest part, and 850 miles wide on our northern boundary. West of this region is the narrow wooded Rocky Mountain region, and west of this is the barren region of the Great Basin. On the Pacific coast are some of the noblest forest regions of the world, and official government reports say that the forests in some parts of Washington Territory are heavy enough to "cover the entire surface with cordwood ten feet in height."