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.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of Kim Hancock’s routine jobs is assisting 4-H’ers in Jones County with their livestock projects.
In an industry where every piece of equipment can seriously hurt the operators and crew, one Mississippi logging company has not recorded an accident during more than 40 years of operation, from Brandon to Gulfport.
Annual forestry show gathers industry, highlights best logging practices
Year after year, the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show attracts thousands of visitors. Canceled in 2020, as most large gatherings were because of the COVID pandemic, the show opened in 2021 with about 3,500 former and new attendees ready to discover the latest forestry equipment, safety guidelines, and timber-harvesting methods.