Forestry is the dominant land use in Mississippi. Fifty-five percent of the State's total land base is commercial forest and 73 percent of this is held by private nonindustrial owners. The estimated timber harvest value for 1979 was over $550 million. Forest products were second only to soybeans in value in Mississippi's agricultural and forestry crops. The 1979 value is the fourth consecutive record harvest and represents increases in both harvest volume and product prices.
Bullard, Steven H. and Weaver, G. H., "Outlook for timber from Mississippi’s private nonindustrial forests" (1980). Faculty Publications. 100.