Mississippi’s forests, 2017
This report summarizes the findings of data collected as part of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program in the State of Mississippi with data collection points from 2008 to 2017. Forest land area has declined slightly to 19.3 million acres, with the majority of diversions from forest land use to urban or agriculture land uses. Mississippi is a wood-rich State, with 37 billion cubic feet of wood volume and 2 billion tons of biomass. During the 2017 survey period, Mississippi grew more than twice what it removed on average, annually. Harvest removals averaged 865 million cubic feet per year, while net growth (growth minus mortality) averaged 2 billion cubic feet per year. In terms of threats to forests in the State, from 2012 to 2017, fire impacted more area than any other primary disturbance.