Forests in East Texas are growing stronger, providing economic and environmental benefits

By Michael Thompson
October 20, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

The forests of East Texas are thriving, thanks to modern forestry practices and a strong forest-products economy. “Over the last 20 to 30 years, there’s been a lot of focus on growing higher-quality trees,” said Dr. Aaron Stottlemyer, Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Analytics Department Head. “Every year, we’re producing better and better trees that are growing faster.” That, in turn, translates to a robust forest with benefits for the Texas economy. Forests are healthy, providing jobs and environmental benefits,” said Bill Oates, Texas A&M Forest Service Associate Director. In 2021, the state’s forest sector had a total economic impact of $41.6 billion while supporting over 170,000 jobs. The forest-based industry was one of the top 10 manufacturing sectors in the state, and timber ranked seventh among Texas’ agricultural commodities. The health of the forests and an abundance of harvest-ready trees suggest room for growth in terms of investments in forest products.

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