Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Munn, Ian A.

Committee Member

Henderson, James E.

Committee Member

Grebner, Donald L.

Committee Member

Zhao, Meng

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Forest Resources

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


The South is one of the leading timber producing regions in the world. Monitoring economic contribution of the forest products industry in the South over time is thus crucial in addressing critical economic issues and in understanding important industry trends. This study reports the economic impacts for the four forest-based industry (forestry, lumber and wood products, paper and allied products, and wood furniture) for 13 southern states, individually as well as regionally, and compares to 2001, the last comprehensive study of the industry in the South. During the study period, the industry’s employment decreased by 33.35% and earnings in real terms decreased by 18.44%. However, value of shipments and manufacturing valueded for the industry in real terms increased by 59.21% and 68.22% respectively. Therefore, despite of disproportionate impacts of the current recession and decline in housing starts, the industry still is an important component of the South’s economy.