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North Carolina Forestry Facts

Total Land Area (ac):
31.1 million

Forest Land Area (ac):
18.8 million

Timberland Area (ac):
18.1 million

Private Ownership (%):
86% of timberland

FIA 2014 Survey

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North Carolina Economic Impact Reports*

Amid growing national concern over the condition of forest lands in the United States, scientific forest management was first introduced on the Biltmore Estate and Pisgah Forest in 1892. George Vanderbilt’s acceptance of scientific management led him to hire Gifford Pinchot and then Carl Schenck to manage his forest lands. Schenck’s perceived need for trained foresters to carry out scientific management led to his creation of the Biltmore Forest School and a tradition that has had continuing impact on forests of North Carolina and the nation.

- History of North Carolina Forests

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