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The Economic Contribution of Forestry and Forest Products - Wilkinson County

Publication Number: M1692
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Wilkinson County

Forestry and forest products are a major component of Wilkinson County’s economy. Forest-related economic sectors generate value not only within the forest-related sectors but also in other sectors of the economy. The economic contributions of forest-related sectors and their contributions on other sectors can be estimated using input-output analysis. Using 2018 data, this study estimates the total economic contributions of forestry and the forest products industry to Wilkinson County, Mississippi.

Employment and Income Contributions

Forest-related economic activity in Wilkinson County during 2018 generated 367 jobs and over $12.2 million in income. That’s about 13.1% of jobs and 16.5% of income in the county. Employment is the number of full- and part-time jobs in all sectors of the economy. Income includes all forms of employment income, including employee compensation (wages and benefits) and proprietor income, also referred to as labor income.

Total Output and Value Added Contributions

Forestry and the forest products industry generated over $63.5 million, or about 22.1% of economic output in Wilkinson County. Forest-related value added amounted to over $21.1 million, or about 16.0% of all value added in the county. The value of all goods and services produced is defined as total output. Value added is a portion of total output and represents the creation of new wealth.

Tax Contributions

Forest-related economic activity contributed an estimated $4.36 million in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments. This represents an estimated tax revenue of $2.86 million for federal and $1.50 million for state and local governments.

Contributions from forest-related sectors on employment and income in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, 2018.

 

Number of Jobs

% of County

Income ($)

% of County

Direct Contributions from Forest-Related Sectors

Misc. Forest Products

4

0.14

174,958

0.24

Logging

102

3.64

2,523,585

3.40

Solid Wood Products

175

6.25

7,723,933

10.41

Wood Furniture

0

0.00

0

0.00

Pulp & Paper

0

0.00

0

0.00

Subtotal

280

10.03

10,422,476

14.05

Indirect and Induced Contributions on Sectors

Wholesale & Retail Trade

19

0.67

609,475

0.82

Misc. Manufacturing

17

0.61

121,838

0.16

Misc. Services

15

0.55

306,314

0.41

Transport. & Comm. Services

13

0.45

323,377

0.44

Financial & Real Estate

7

0.27

151,089

0.20

Resource Services

5

0.17

88,544

0.12

Recreation & Amusement

4

0.14

3,899

0.01

Health Services

1

0.05

76,630

0.10

Agricultural Products

1

0.04

13,332

0.02

Domestic Services

1

0.04

41,410

0.06

Utility Services

1

0.03

23,182

0.03

Construction

1

0.03

11,439

0.02

Education

0

0.02

12,175

0.02

Government

0

0.01

37,788

0.05

Mining

0

0.00

162

0.00

Metal Industries

0

0.00

45

0.00

Food Processing

0

0.00

40

0.00

Glass, Stone, & Clay

0

0.00

0

0.00

Agricultural Processing

0

0.00

0

0.00

Fabric Mills & Leather

0

0.00

0

0.00

Petroleum & Chemicals

0

0.00

0

0.00

Farm Inputs & Machinery

0

0.00

0

0.00

Machinery & Equipment

0

0.00

0

0.00

Technology Industries

0

0.00

0

0.00

Transportation Equipment

0

0.00

0

0.00

Subtotal

87

3.11

1,820,738

2.45

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

367

13.13

12,243,214

16.50

Rest of County

2,425

86.87

61,941,221

83.50

Total in County

2,792

100.00

74,184,435

100.00

Contributions from forest-related sectors on total output and value added in Wilkinson County, Mississippi, 2018.

 

Output ($)

% of County

Value Added ($)

% of County

Direct Contributions from Forest-Related Sectors

Misc. Forest Products

251,262

0.09

176,849

0.13

Logging

5,907,911

2.06

2,546,747

1.92

Solid Wood Products

47,579,314

16.58

14,488,892

10.93

Wood Furniture

0

0.00

0

0.00

Pulp & Paper

0

0.00

0

0.00

Subtotal

53,738,487

18.72

17,212,488

12.99

Indirect and Induced Contributions on Sectors

Wholesale & Retail Trade

2,541,292

0.89

1,254,907

0.95

Misc. Manufacturing

696,263

0.24

150,831

0.11

Misc. Services

1,110,556

0.39

471,883

0.36

Transport. & Comm. Services

1,788,666

0.62

539,804

0.41

Financial & Real Estate

2,137,182

0.74

1,082,447

0.82

Resource Services

129,211

0.05

92,212

0.07

Recreation & Amusement

49,952

0.02

17,112

0.01

Health Services

148,803

0.05

85,053

0.06

Agricultural Products

34,184

0.01

12,361

0.01

Domestic Services

322,401

0.11

83,135

0.06

Utility Services

626,068

0.22

122,834

0.09

Construction

114,106

0.04

16,677

0.01

Education

15,670

0.01

11,061

0.01

Government

42,426

0.01

37,823

0.03

Mining

29,614

0.01

1,314

0.00

Metal Industries

1,347

0.00

63

0.00

Food Processing

410

0.00

73

0.00

Glass, Stone, & Clay

47

0.00

1

0.00

Agricultural Processing

0

0.00

0

0.00

Fabric Mills & Leather

0

0.00

0

0.00

Petroleum & Chemicals

0

0.00

0

0.00

Farm Inputs & Machinery

0

0.00

0

0.00

Machinery & Equipment

0

0.00

0

0.00

Technology Industries

0

0.00

0

0.00

Transportation Equipment

0

0.00

0

0.00

Subtotal

9,788,198

3.41

3,979,590

3.00

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

63,526,685

22.13

21,192,078

15.99

Rest of County

223,524,169

77.87

111,314,780

84.01

Total in County

287,050,854

100.00

132,506,858

100.00

Economic contributions developed using 2018 IMPLAN® software and data (reported in 2020 dollars).

Wilkinson County forestland acreage, ownership, value, and taxes collected.

Total forestland acres, 2018

393,648

Private ownership acres

359,041

Public ownership acres

34,607

Forestland assessed value, 2018

$12,260,484

Ad valorem tax collections from forestland, 2018

$1,500,193

Value of standing timber, 2018

$770,537,647

Value of timber harvested, 2019

$20,808,241

Timber severance tax collections (100%), 2019

$57,348

Tax to Forest Resource Development Program (80%)

$45,879

Tax returned to county government (20%)

$11,470

Sources: Forestland ownership, acreage, and timber volumes were estimated using the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, Forest Inventory EVALIDator web application Version 1.8.0.01. Tax collections according to Mississippi Tax Commission and Mississippi Department of Revenue. Timber harvest values according to the Mississippi Harvest of Forest Products Report.


M1692 (100-11-20)

By Shaun M. Tanger, PhD, Assistant Extension Professor, Forestry; Marcus K. Measells, MS, Senior Extension Associate, Forestry; James E. Henderson, PhD, Extension Professor and Head, Coastal Research and Extension Center; and Ian A. Munn, PhD, Associate Dean and Professor, Forestry.

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Authors

Portrait of Dr. Shaun Tanger
Assistant Professor
Timber Taxation, Forestry Economics, Forest Management, Forest Finance
Portrait of Mr. Marc Measells
Senior Extension Associate
Portrait of Dr. James Emery Henderson
Professor and Head
Forest Economics and Management