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The Economic Contribution of Forestry and Forest Products - Lamar County

Publication Number: M1686
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Lamar County

Forestry and forest products are a major component of Lamar 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 Lamar County, Mississippi.

Employment and Income Contributions

Forest-related economic activity in Lamar County during 2018 generated 558 jobs and over $23.3 million in income. That’s about 1.9% of jobs and 2.1% 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 $85.0 million, or about 2.3% of economic output in Lamar County. Forest-related value added amounted to over $38.3 million, or about 2.1% 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 $7.32 million in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments. This represents an estimated tax revenue of $4.78 million for federal and $2.54 million for state and local governments.

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

 

Number of Jobs

% of County

Income ($)

% of County

Direct Contributions from Forest-Related Sectors

Misc. Forest Products

16

0.05

507,161

0.05

Logging

177

0.59

6,301,211

0.57

Solid Wood Products

145

0.48

7,417,855

0.67

Wood Furniture

8

0.03

281,565

0.03

Pulp & Paper

0

0.00

0

0.00

Subtotal

347

1.16

14,507,792

1.31

Indirect and Induced Contributions on Sectors

Resource Services

42

0.14

2,118,198

0.19

Misc. Services

40

0.13

1,072,021

0.10

Wholesale & Retail Trade

38

0.13

1,800,249

0.16

Misc. Manufacturing

30

0.10

937,629

0.08

Financial & Real Estate

18

0.06

479,072

0.04

Health Services

16

0.05

1,314,069

0.12

Transport. & Comm. Services

14

0.05

480,125

0.04

Utility Services

3

0.01

267,815

0.02

Recreation & Amusement

3

0.01

57,106

0.01

Domestic Services

2

0.01

113,264

0.01

Construction

2

0.01

89,349

0.01

Agricultural Products

2

0.01

34,281

0.00

Education

1

0.00

39,207

0.00

Government

1

0.00

47,815

0.00

Mining

0

0.00

12,517

0.00

Petroleum & Chemicals

0

0.00

8,353

0.00

Glass, Stone, & Clay

0

0.00

1,149

0.00

Food Processing

0

0.00

223

0.00

Machinery & Equipment

0

0.00

1

0.00

Metal Industries

0

0.00

223

0.00

Transportation Equipment

0

0.00

5

0.00

Farm Inputs & Machinery

0

0.00

43

0.00

Agricultural Processing

0

0.00

23

0.00

Technology Industries

0

0.00

1

0.00

Fabric Mills & Leather

0

0.00

0

0.00

Subtotal

211

0.70

8,872,739

0.80

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

558

1.86

23,380,531

2.11

Rest of County

29,438

98.14

1,082,243,665

97.89

Total in County

29,996

100.00

1,105,624,196

100.00

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

 

Output ($)

% of County

Value Added ($)

% of County

Direct Contributions from Forest-Related Sectors

Misc. Forest Products

834,091

0.02

6,201,492

0.34

Logging

12,032,959

0.33

1,753,382

0.10

Solid Wood Products

43,841,286

1.21

349,928

0.02

Wood Furniture

986,439

0.03

0

0.00

Pulp & Paper

0

0.00

20,210

0.00

Subtotal

57,694,774

1.59

8,325,011

0.45

Indirect and Induced Contributions on Sectors

Resource Services

2,069,884

0.06

15,194

0.00

Misc. Services

2,941,518

0.08

2,910,254

0.16

Wholesale & Retail Trade

5,702,590

0.16

623,033

0.03

Misc. Manufacturing

2,214,375

0.06

17,110,728

0.93

Financial & Real Estate

5,366,353

0.15

36,553

0.00

Health Services

2,470,342

0.07

59,536

0.00

Transport. & Comm. Services

1,821,455

0.05

98,703

0.01

Utility Services

2,815,205

0.08

110,469

0.01

Recreation & Amusement

177,230

0.00

323,165

0.02

Domestic Services

788,713

0.02

1,526,119

0.08

Construction

320,251

0.01

27

0.00

Agricultural Products

338,082

0.01

520,498

0.03

Education

65,105

0.00

1,496,452

0.08

Government

95,732

0.00

0

0.00

Mining

97,777

0.00

988,400

0.05

Petroleum & Chemicals

69,453

0.00

2,299

0.00

Glass, Stone, & Clay

9,638

0.00

290

0.00

Food Processing

2,303

0.00

0

0.00

Machinery & Equipment

879

0.00

1

0.00

Metal Industries

1,718

0.00

84

0.00

Transportation Equipment

196

0.00

3,143,317

0.17

Farm Inputs & Machinery

779

0.00

11

0.00

Agricultural Processing

213

0.00

357

0.00

Technology Industries

5

0.00

8

0.00

Fabric Mills & Leather

0

0.00

1,087,306

0.06

Subtotal

27,369,796

0.75

30,052,803

1.63

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

85,064,570

2.34

38,377,814

2.08

Rest of County

3,548,626,500

97.66

1,806,699,241

97.92

Total in County

3,633,691,070

100.00

1,845,077,055

100.00

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

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

Total forestland acres, 2018

227,802

Private ownership acres

222,457

Public ownership acres

5,345

Forestland assessed value, 2018

$7,912,160

Ad valorem tax collections from forestland, 2018

$1,042,427

Value of standing timber, 2018

$262,420,937

Value of timber harvested, 2019

$9,834,830

Timber severance tax collections (100%), 2019

$36,830

Tax to Forest Resource Development Program (80%)

$29,464

Tax returned to county government (20%)

$7,366

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.


M1686 (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