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    Author(s): Sonja N. OswaltTony G. JohnsonJohn W. CoulstonChristopher M. Oswalt
    Date: 2009
    Source: Mississippi's forests, 2006. Resource Bulletin SRS–147. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 78 p.
    Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Description

    Forest land covers 19.6 million acres in Mississippi, or about 65 percent of the land area. The majority of forests are classed as timberland. One hundred and thirty-seven tree species were measured on Mississippi forests in the 2006 inventory. Thirty six percent of Mississippi's forest land is classified as loblolly-shortleaf pine forest, 27 percent is classified as upland oak-hickory forest, and 19 percent is composed of bottomland hardwoods. Weather-related events were the largest component of average annual disturbance (204,000 acres yearly) on Mississippi forest land since the previous inventory. About 4 percent of live trees on Mississippi's forest land experienced some degree of damage due to Hurricane Katrina.

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    Citation

    Oswalt, Sonja N.; Johnson, Tony G.; Coulston, John W.; Oswalt, Christopher M. 2009. Mississippi's forests, 2006. Mississippi's forests, 2006. Resource Bulletin SRS–147. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 78 p.

    Keywords

    Annual forest inventory, FIA, forest health indicators, forest ownership, Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi, timber volume

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