An Analysis of South Carolina's Timber Product Output and Timber Removals

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt


Environmental Policy And Management


William Robinson


Forest productivity -- South Carolina; Forest resources assessment; Forests and forestry -- South Carolina; Timber -- South Carolina; Timber availability; Timber Product Output; Timberland net growth/removals


This study aimed to determine if South Carolina's current reported levels of timber production could be maintained in all counties. Data from the USDA Forest Service Timber Product Output program were used to identify the South Carolina Counties from which wood processing plants procured timber, the timber products processed and total volumes procured by broad species group. Forest inventory data collected by the Forest Inventory and Analysis program provided information on timberland net growth and removals for each county. The analysis of the relationship between net growth and removals showed counties where current production levels might not be sustainable. Statistical analyses showed that total removals at the county level were related primarily to volumes of small diameter timber and number of large sawmills.

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