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South Carolina Forestry Facts

Total Land Area (ac):
19.4 million

Forest Land Area (ac):
13.0 million

Timberland Area (ac):
12.8 million

Private Ownership (%):
89% of timberland

FIA 2014 Survey

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South Carolina Economic Impact Reports*

Forests have always played an important part in the history and economics of South Carolina. The first record of a forest products industry dates to 1670 when boards were sawn near the mouth of the Ashley River. Today South Carolina’s forests provide the raw material for the state's forest products industry - the largest manufacturing industry in South Carolina.

- South Carolina Forestry Commission

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* As of 2015, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports. Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.