Alabama Forest Facts
Alabama forests generate over $21
billion in timber production &
processing revenue. (source-aces)
Alabama forests provide over 122-
thousand jobs in timber production &
There are 23 million acres of
timberland in Alabama, accounting for
68% of the total land area in the
has the third most timberland acreage in
the 48 contiguous states, behind only
Georgia and Oregon. As far as private
timberland acreage is concerned, Alabama
ranks second behind Georgia.
timberland acreage, 85% is owned by
non-industrial private landowners.
"Loblolly Pine/Shortleaf Pine" forest
type group is the predominant forest type
occupying approximately 38% of the
total timberland area. The "Oak/Hickory"
forest type group ranks second in Alabama
accounting for approximately 31.0% of
the timberland acreage.
Approximately 30% of
Alabama’s timberland is comprised of
forest industry is the state’s second largest
manufacturing industry, producing an
estimated $12.78 billion worth of
products in 2010.
- There are
approximately 650 active forest products
manufacturing operations in the state.
Alabama has a robust forest industry,
more timber is being grown than is being
harvested. According to 2012 FIA data
the timber “growth-to-removals” ratio on
privately owned lands for softwood
species is 1.31. This means that for
every cubic foot of softwood volume
harvested, 1.31 cubic feet are grown. The
growth-to-removals ratio for hardwood
species is 1.51. In 2000, the
growth-to-removals ratio for softwoods was
1.01 and for hardwoods it was 1.49