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    Author(s): Benjamin L. Koontz; Raymond M. Sheffield
    Date: 1993
    Source: Resour. Bull. SE-140. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 55 p.
    Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
    Station: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station
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    Since 1987, area of timberland in the Southern Coastal Plain of South Carolina increased by 3 percent to 3.3 million acres. Nonindustrial private forest landowners control nearly three-fourths of the region's timberland. The area classified as pine increased by 14 percent, while hardwood acreage dropped by 12 percent. The area harvested annually fell to 87.000 acres, while 95,000 acres were regenerated each year. Volume of softwood growing stock increased by 3 percent, whereas volume of hardwood growing stock decreased by 2 percent. Softwoods and hardwoods each represent 2.3 billion cubic feet of growing-stock timber. Net annual growth of softwoods increased 18 percent to 147 million cubic feet. In contrast, hardwood growth dropped 3 percent to 61 million cubic feet per year. Annual softwood removals rose by 8 percent to 136 million cubic feet; hardwood removals jumped 55 percent to 66 million cubic feet per year. Softwood growth exceeded removals by 8 percent; in contrast, hardwood removals exceeded growth by 8 percent.

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    Koontz, Benjamin L.; Sheffield, Raymond M. 1993. Forest statistics for the Southern Coastal Plain of South Carolina. Resour. Bull. SE-140. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. 55 p.


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