A 2014 study by the Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) shows that the amount of timberland in Alabama has increased to an all-time high of 23 million acres, or 69% of Alabama’s total area. That’s an increase of 360,000 acres since the year 2000.
The only states in the nation having more timberland than Alabama are Georgia and Oregon.
Approximately 94% of Alabama’s timberland is privately-owned and 6% of timberland is publicly owned. Forest industries (companies that own a wood processing plant) own approximately 7% of Alabama’s timberland while 87% is owned by the non-industrial private sector.
The mix may surprise some people too. Alabama forests are comprised of 43% hardwood stands, 43% softwood stands (mostly pine), and 14% mixed hardwood/pine stands.