South Carolina Forests Contribute Much to the State Landscape, Economy

Mar 22, 2017

Forester Chase Folk examines a small tree whose bark has been partially rubbed away by deer.
Credit Tut Underwood/SC Public Radio

For 90 years, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has fought fires and advised landowners on how they can best manage the woodlands on their property.   According to Forest Management Chief Russell Hulbright and Forester Chase Folks, forests can be managed for timber production, wildlife protection, aesthetics, soil and water preservation, or a combination of these outcomes.  Hulbright says the public benefits from trees just from the fact that they’re out there along the highways of South Carolina.  The state is blessed to have 13 million acres covered by public and private forests, according to Hulbright, who adds that the forestry industry, unknown to many, employs 90,000 people and contributes more than $18 billion to South Carolina’s economy.