STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi logging companies are
struggling to survive the decline in new home construction, but the
state's timber harvest remained steady in 2008 due to an increased
demand for plupwood.
Although the final value of the 2008 timber crop will not be
available until February 2009, a preliminary estimate indicates the
crop was worth $1.16 billion, a 5.7 percent increase from its $1.1
billion value in 2007.
However, unlike the state's timber harvest, Mississippi logging
companies felt the full blow of declining housing starts.
Some firms went out of business in 2008, while others left
John Auel, Mississippi State's Extension logging education
coordinator, says since 1996 more than 50 percent of the logging
companies in Mississippi have moved away from the state.