Economic Importance of Forestry and Forest Products to Mississippi Counties: A Publication Series to Help the Forestry Community Educate Local Government Officials and the Public

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Abstract:

The economic contribution of forestry and forest products within states is well documented; however, information on their importance within individual counties is not readily available. A new publication series reports the economic impact of Mississippi's forestry and forest product sectors by county. Efforts to promote forestry and educate the public on the economic importance of forestry and forest products to a county's economy can be greatly enhanced by providing county-level data. County-level economic input-output analyses were conducted using IMPLAN software and data. This approach estimates how purchases of goods and services from supporting sectors in the local economy by the forestry and forest products industry generate additional economic activity within that economy. Quantifying the total amount of economic activity documents the importance of forestry and forest products to a county's economy. The publication series has proven to be useful to forestry communities seeking support from state and local governments and in demonstrating how actions damaging to forestry or forest products can result in harm to the local economy.

Keywords: IMPLAN; economic contribution; extension; public policy; timber harvesting

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/jof.12-100

Publication date: November 26, 2013

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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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