Some statistics from the 2014 Alabama Forest Resource Report 2014:
- Alabama timberland covers 23.0 million acres, the third largest commercial forestland in the nation.
- Approximately 94% of Alabama’s timberland is privately-owned and 6% of timberland is publicly-owned. Forest industries (companies that own a wood processing plant) own approximately 7% of Alabama’s timberland while 87% is owned by the non-industrial private sector.
- Sawtimber-sized stands comprise 48% of Alabama’s timberland, while 28% of forest stands are comprised of mostly pulpwood-sized timber. Seedling/sapling-sized stands account for the remaining 24% of timberland acreage.
- There are 585.4 million tons of softwood growing stock volume and 588.3 million tons of hardwood growing stock volume in Alabama.
- Since 2000 total growing stock volume (tons) has increased by 18.7%; softwood volume has increased by 31.1% and hardwood volume has increased by 7.6%.
- For the time period 2001 to 2014, softwood net growth amounted to 44.8 million tons annually and net growth for hardwoods was 18.2 million tons annually.
- Softwood volume removed annually as a result of harvesting during the 2001 to 2014 time period amounted to 30.4 million tons. Based on the total timber volume in Alabama in 2014, approximately 5.2% of total pine volume was harvested annually during the 2001 to 2014 period. Hardwood volume removed annually averaged 10.1 million tons. Using the same criteria as above approximately 1.7% of total hardwood volume was harvested annually from 2001 to 2014.
- The total estimated stumpage revenue generated from the sale of all forest products in 2014 was approximately $759.55 million, an increase of 12.5% from 2013. The increase can be attributed to higher hardwood stumpage prices for both sawtimber and pulpwood, and an increase in timber harvests in all 4 product categories.
Read the complete report here: http://www.forestry.alabama.gov/PDFs/alabamaForestResourceReport.pdf