Between 1977 and 1986, area of timberland in Virginia declined from 16.0 to 15.4 million acres. Volume of softwood growing stock increased by 5 percent, and volume of hardwood growing stock increased by 11 percent. Softwood net annual growth decreased by 7 percent, and hardwood growing-stick growth decreased by 1 percent. Softwood removals remained almost unchanged whereas removals of hardwood growing stock fell by 6 percent. Softwood growth exceeded removals by 11 percent, and hardwood growth exceeded removals by about two to one.