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Tennessee’s timber industry—timber product output and use, 2015

Informally Refereed
Authors: James A. Gray, James W. Bentley, Jason A. Cooper, David J. Wall
Year: 2017
Type: Science Update
Station: Southern Research Station
Source: e-Science Update–133. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station


This science update contains the findings of a 2015 canvass of all primary wood-using plants in Tennessee, and presents changes in product output and residue use since 2011. It complements the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) annual inventory of volume and removals from the State’s timberland. The canvass was conducted to determine the amount and source of wood receipts and annual timber product drain, by county, in 2015 and to determine interstate and cross-regional movement of industrial roundwood. Only primary wood-using mills were canvassed. Primary mills are those that process roundwood in log or bolt form or as chipped roundwood. Examples of industrial roundwood products are saw logs, pulpwood, veneer logs, poles, and logs used for composite board products. Mills producing products from residues generated at primary and secondary processors were not canvassed. Trees chipped in the woods were included in the estimate of timber drain only if they were delivered to a primary domestic manufacturer.


Gray, James A.; Bentley, James W.; Cooper, Jason A.; Wall, David J. 2017. Tennessee s timber industry timber product output and use, 2015. e-Science Update 133. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 5 p.