March 4, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Southern Group of State Foresters Launches New Web Site

The Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) debuted its new Web site ( today in an effort to better communicate about forestry and the multi-billion dollar forest industry in the 13 southern states and two federal territories that comprise the group as well as the environmental and social contributions forests provide.


“This is not just a complete redesign,” said SGSF Chairman and State Forester of Virginia Carl E. Garrison III.  “The new site has more up-to-date information about the state of forestry in the South, and it’s much more intuitive so that visitors to the site can find information more easily.”


The South is recognized as America’s wood basket with more privately owned forestland (nearly 200 million acres) than anywhere in the country.  The region stretches from Texas to Virginia; Oklahoma to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.


“There are a lot of forestry facts that would surprise most Americans,” Garrison said.  “For example, while the Western United States gets the bulk of the news coverage regarding wildland fires, the truth is there are more wildland fires (averaging 35,000+) each year in the Southern U.S. than anywhere in the nation.  The forest products industry in the South generates more than $200 Billion a year in sales.  These are but a couple of the items of interest found in the new SGSF Web site.”


In addition to the dollar value of the wood products, the South’s forests provide clean water, clean air, moderate the effects of climate change, sequester carbon dioxide, provide wildlife habitat and offer a range of recreational opportunities.  To learn more about forests in the South, visit


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