Forestry Statistics for Mississippi Counties
Timber production is economically important in most Mississippi counties. Since 1990, 45 counties per year (out of 82) have had timber as the most valuable agricultural crop. In any year, 65 to 70 counties have timber among the top three agricultural crops in the county.
Forest covers more than 60 percent of Mississippi. Most of this land, 72 percent, is owned by private, non-industry owners. Forest industries are located throughout Mississippi and employ 25 percent of the states manufacturing workforce. Forests and timber production activities are very important to local economies across the state.
The purpose of this page is to provide local information about forest and timber production in individual Mississippi counties. The following list contains all Mississippi counties that have significant timber production. The individual county pages contain information on forest acreage, ownership, timber value and local forest industry. It is hoped that this information is useful for local forest planning and management.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite a slow housing market and other lingering effects of the recession, Mississippi’s forests remain the state’s second most valuable agricultural commodity for 2017.
John Auel, an assistant Extension professor of forestry at Mississippi State University, estimates the value of forest products is $1.4 billion, which is a decrease of 8.6 percent from 2016. However, 2017 numbers are almost 40 percent higher than they were in 2009, when the industry experienced its lowest valued harvest of the 2007-2009 recession.