Southern Forest Resource Assessment highlights: The Southern Timber Market to 2040

Authors: Prestemon, J.P.1; Abt, R.C.2

Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 100, Number 7, 1 October 2002 , pp. 16-22(7)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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Timber market analysis of the South's predominantly private timberland finds that the 13 southern states produce nearly 60 percent of the nation's timber, an increase from the mid-1900s. Projections with the Subregional Timber Supply model show that, despite a 60 percent increase in the area of pine plantations, the South will experience a 1 percent decline in private timberland area as other forest types shrink. Because of expected productivity gains for plantation forests and conversions of some agricultural lands to natural forests, the South's industrial wood output is projected to increase by more than 50 percent between 1995 and 2040.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; harvesting; natural resource management; natural resources; plantations

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Forester Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 12254 Research Triangle Park, NC, 27709, 2: Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Raleigh,

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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