New interactive website tells the story of forest products in the South

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Using Forest Service Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data loaded onto the Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) ArcGIS Online (AGOL) platform, Southern Forest Products – An Economic Engine, provides a constantly updated guide to southern timber product outputs and the mills that process them, as well as showing change over the past decades.

The Southern Products storymap uses layers of maps to show total outputs of different forest products – hardwood and softwood roundwood, sawlogs, pulpwood, and veneer – down to the county level. Users can access layers already developed for a product, and map information for specific products at the county, state, and region levels.

The storymap includes a layer on primary wood processing in the South that allows the user to click on an individual mill for information on the type of wood mix (hardwood or softwood) used. The user can also click on each state for information on the number of mills and the number of people employed in wood processing mills in that state, as well as links to FIA harvest and utilization reports. The layer also includes a link to the mill directory developed and maintained by the Southern Group of State Foresters.

View Southern Forest Products – An Economic Engine at http://srsfia2.fs.fed.us/tpo/sfpi.html

A new storymap developed by U.S. Forest Service researchers allows users to interactively chart the ebb and flow of forest products across the southern states—and visually tells the story of the decline of the forest products industry in the South over the last decades.

A new storymap developed by U.S. Forest Service researchers allows users to interactively chart the ebb and flow of forest products across the southern states—and visually tells the story of the decline of the forest products industry in the South over the last decades.