Forest Trail Explorer

US Forest Service and Southern Research Station

Forestry and Forest Products

Forestry-Related Jobs

Reporting employment statistics for forestry-related sectors is difficult at this scale. In several counties in which mills are located, they are so few in number that publication of employment statistics violates their right of privacy. Therefore, contribution of forest-related jobs cannot accurately be reported for the 27-county region. However, revenue to the region from total roundwood products indicates the number of forest-related jobs is significant. From 1995 to 2007, the average annual... more »

Non-Timber Forest Products

The forests of Western North Carolina provide many non-timber products. They include plants, parts of plants, and other biological material, as well as fungi, mosses, lichens, herbs, vines, shrubs, and trees. Many different parts of plants are harvested, including roots, tubers, leaves, bark, twigs and branches, fruit, sap and resin, as well as wood. The most important edible forest product in Western North Carolina is ramps, a mainstay of many festivals. The collection of ramps in early spring... more »

Products and Manufacturing in Forestry

Western North Carolina has 3.2 million acres of timberland. The mountain region, an area of rugged terrain and limited access, has relatively few large cities compared to the rest of the state. Upland hardwoods cover the majority of the forested landscape, and white pine is the most common softwood type. Ownership of the region’s timber is dominated by the private sector.
Sawlogs and Veneer
Roundwood refers to logs, bolts, or other round sections cut from trees for industrial manufacture or... more »
Wood Product Output and Distribution

Timberland Ownership

Forests have strongly shaped the landscape of Western North Carolina. Wood has been vital for subsistence and commerce for many generations. Practically all of the region’s forests have been harvested at least once since the mid-1800s, and a timber industry exists here today. Forest productivity depends on many factors, including natural conditions (such as climate, soils, elevation, aspect, and latitude) and timber management, which influence timber stocking levels, forest health, and species... more »
Pisgah National Forest Sign