Forest Resources of East Oklahoma, 2008
The Forest Inventory and Analysis Program conducted the seventh survey of east Oklahoma forests. This was the establishment of the annual plot methodology and closeout of the prism remeasurement plots. Forest land area remained stable at 5.7 million acres and covered almost 57 percent of the land area. About 5.1 million acres of forest land was considered timberland and 86 percent of the timberland area was privately owned. Forest industry ownership, with 578,000 acres declined 45 percent and corporate ownership increased 557,000 acres. Softwood and hardwood inventory volume on timberland were at an alltime high with 1.6 and 3.5 billion cubic feet, respectively. Planted pine inventory volume increased 85 percent since 1992 and totaled 630 million cubic feet. Both softwood and hardwood total inventory increased to an alltime high suggesting a sustainable wood supply. Average annual net growth exceeds removals for softwood by 31 percent and hardwood by 43 percent. About 103,900 acres experienced some type of harvesting each year for this survey period (1993–2008). Estimated logging residues for the survey period averaged 14.7 green tons per acre with a potential recovery rate of 5.8 green tons per acre.