Mississippi’s forests, 2017

  • Authors: Oswalt, Sonja N.
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
  • Source: Resource Bulletin SRS-226. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station.


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.

  • Citation: Oswalt, Sonja N. 2019. Mississippi’s forests, 2017. Resour. Bull. SRS–226. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 68 p.
  • Keywords: Carbon, disturbance, FIA, forest inventory, forest trends, Mississippi, timber volume
  • Posted Date: December 13, 2019
  • Modified Date: December 19, 2019
  • Print Publications Are No Longer Available

    In an ongoing effort to be fiscally responsible, the Southern Research Station (SRS) will no longer produce and distribute hard copies of our publications. Many SRS publications are available at cost via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed.

    Publication Notes

    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
    • Our online publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
    • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.