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Notes: Timber production has increased in response to a number of factors, including reductions in harvests in other parts of the United States. Another important factor is simply the accumulation of timber volume in the South. This chart shows that since the 1950’s the standing inventory of hardwoods has increased and continues to expand. For softwoods, standing inventory increased substantially from the 1950s to the 1970s, but has since leveled off.
Data Source: These are forest inventory data compiled in several “benchmark” years for the RPA Assessment (and other assessments conducted by the USDA Forest Service in earlier years). The inventory data are compiled from the most recent forest surveys at each benchmark year.