In 2002, a harvest and utilization study was conducted on 108 operations throughout North Carolina. There were 2,926 total trees measured; 1,693, or 58 percent, were softwood, while 1,233, or 42 percent, were hardwood. Results from this study showed that 86 percent of the total softwood volume measured was utilized for a product, and 14 percent was left as logging residue. Seventy-five percent of the total hardwood volume measured was utilized for a product, while 25 percent was left as logging residue.
Bentley, James W.; Johnson, Tony G. 2006. North Carolina harvest and utilization study, 2002. Resour. Bull. SRS-109. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 23 p.