Arkansas' forests provide a diversity of products and other important benefits including: timber production, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, watershed protection, and aesthetic values.
Some Interesting Facts About Arkansas' Forestland
- More than half of the State (55%) is forested.
- 42% of all woodland is made up of oak/hickory forest types, followed by loblolly/shortleaf pine at 29%.
- Private landowners including farmers, ranchers, and other individuals own over 58% of the timberland in the state and many actively manage their woodlands.
- National Forests account for 13% of Arkansas's total forested acreage.
- Forest resource companies own or lease 23% of the state's timberland.
- The forest products industry, including the pulp and paper industry, had a total jobs impact of 64,789 employees in 2011, representing labor income of $3.6 billion.
- Arkansas forests provide habitat to a host of wildlife species. These range from game species, such as deer, turkey, and ducks, to songbirds for wildlife viewing, and many reptiles and amphibians.
Do you have problems with pesky wildlife? Or do you have a disease in your yard tree that concerns you? On the pages that follow, you will find this and other information about managing your woodlands for wildlife and timber, current timber market prices, what to do about storm damage to your trees and woodlands, and other important topics.