Southern forests play an increasingly important role in the timber economy as per capita demand for wood continues to expand. Moreover, harvest restrictions in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s shifted a large portion of United States demand for softwoods to the South. In Mississippi, most of the forestland is owned by non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners. Approximately 314,000 NIPF landowners control 66 percent of the state’s forestland base (Hartsell and London 1995). The sizable acreage of timberland held by NIPF landowners nationally and in-state underscores the importance of their role in the timber economy and weighs heavily in the supply of raw material to the state’s $11.4 billion forest products industry (Munn 1998).
Gunter, J. E.; Bullard, Steven H.; Doolittle, M. L.; and Arano, K. G., "Reforestation of harvested Timberlands in Mississippi: Behavior and Attitudes of Non-Industrial, Private Forest Landowners" (2001). Faculty Publications. 47.