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Marketing Your Timber: Forest Products

Publication Number: P1777
Updated: October 4, 2018
View as PDF: P1777.pdf

Forest products and Mississippi have a long history. Southern yellow pine lumber from Mississippi helped rebuild Chicago after the great fire of 1871. Pine poles and pilings used to build the Panama Canal came from Mississippi. Millions of hardwood crossties from Mississippi helped build the railroads that forged this nation. Mississippi hardwoods can be found in homes and businesses all over the world, in flooring, furniture, cabinets, and panels.

The forests of Mississippi provide timber for a multitude of products. Southern yellow pines (loblolly, slash, shortleaf, and longleaf) are used to make structural lumber, plywood, trusses, poles, timbers, and decking. Hardwood species (more than 30 commercially important) of Mississippi are used to produce lumber, furniture, flooring, cabinets, and caskets, along with many more specialty products.

Depending on what the final finished product is, the price of the timber will vary. Buyers are willing to pay more for standing trees if they will be used to make high-value products. For this reason, it is important for landowners to understand what products are produced. Depending on the current market for the end product, there may be more or less demand for trees of a certain species, either driving up or lowering the price a buyer is willing to pay.

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