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A Snapshot of SC Forests
- South Carolina has 13 million acres of forestland -- 67% of the state’s total land area.
- Hardwood timber types occupy over 52% of the state’s forestland. Softwoods occupy 48%.
- South Carolina’s forestland acreage has averaged 12.6 million acres since 1968.
- The total economic impact of South Carolina's forest industry is $21 Billion.
- SC exports $1.27 billion in forest products each year.
- Timber is SC's most harvested crop at $759 annually.
- Forestry is number one among manufacturing industries in jobs (84,000+) and labor income.
- 88% of SC forests are privately owned and managed.
- 63% of private forests are family-owned.
- The average “family forest” is 80 acres with. 56% of these families live on the land.
- Forest industries own 137,400 acres, down 93% since 2001.
- 12% of SC forests are public.
- South Carolina’s forests now contain 25 billion cubic feet of wood, more than at any time in the past century.
- The state’s forests, both hardwood and softwood, are growing more wood than is being harvested.
- Net annual softwood growth is double the growth rate of 30 years ago.
- The present annual growth of 935 million cubic feet per year is the highest recorded.
- SC’s Best Management Practices for Forestry successfully protect water quality with 97% compliance.
- Over 439,000 acres are enrolled in the SC Tree Farm Program.