# Hectares and acres

Michael Hagen mhagen at mail.olympus.net
Wed Nov 19 11:26:53 EST 1997

```Larry Caldwell wrote:
>
> In article <34645D10.6F7C at forestmeister.com>,
> Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com> wrote:
>
> > of my clients has a 800 acre site (duh... don't ask in hectare- we
> > Americans are too dumb for that stuff <G>). Most is ordinary except for
>
> Yankees!  A hectare is 2.471 acres.  Call it 2.5 in the ballpark.  So if
> you want to convert from acres to hectares, multiply by two and divide
> by 5.  800 acres is around 320 hectares, running the numbers in my
> head.  On the hand calculator it works out to 323.76 - close enough.
>
> To convert the other way, multiply hectares by 5 and divide by 2 to get
> acres.
>
> If you want a good head shot at how big a hectare is, it's 100 meters
> on a side.  There are 100 hectares in a kilometer square.  Simple, huh?
> There are 100 ares in a hectare.  An are is ... *bing* 100 square
> meters, or 10 x 10.
>
> I have to admit that I work in the metric system a lot.  It's so much
> simpler than the American crapola.  I mean, a square acre is 42,849 square
> feet.  If I want to lay out half that I have to divide by two and take
> the square root of 21,424.5 in my head.  Gak.  In metric, 50 ares is just
> over 70 meters on a side, and I don't even have to think about it.
>
> -- Larry

I see you must be using Oregon acres. Up here they tend to be 43,560
ft^2. I sorta likem, since my relascope gets terribly confused with
hectares. And what would I do without my chain? :)

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