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Trees Are A Renewable Resource

  • The forests of Texas are thriving and diverse thanks to forestry research and management.
  • Like other agricultural crops trees are a renewable resource.
    • Seeds are extracted, treated and sown
    • The seedlings are then grown in tree nurseries until planted out in the plantation.
  • 100 million seedlings are planted each year in Texas, that's about 5 trees per Texan!
  • Practicing Sustainable Forestry
    • Enhances the future health of forests
    • Enhances wildlife habitat
    • Protects water quality
  • Healthy forests will continue to provide the wood and paper products that are vital to all of us while also ensuring that we have forests and wildlife for future generations.

Texas Forest Facts

  • Texas Forest landowners identify, manage and protect sites with unique significance
    • Historical
    • Threatened or Endangered Species
    • Ecological
  • Texas Piney Woods
    • Texas has nearly 12 million acres of commercial pine and hardwood forests concentrated in 43 counties in East Texas, known as the Piney Woods.
    • 44% of Texas forests are Loblolly and Shortleaf Pine
  • Texas Piney Woods (5-Year Average)

    County

    Total Volume Harvested*
    (cubic feet)

    Delivered Value
    of Harvest**

    1. Jasper

    44.2 million

    $56.8 million

    2. Tyler

    42.6 million

    53.8 million

    3. Polk

    40.4 million

    56.3 million

    4. Cass

    36.7 million

    45.9 million

    5. Newton

    35.7 million

    46.5 million

    6. Angelina

    30.7 million

    41.5 million

    7. Nacogdoches

    28.7 million

    41.6 million

    8. Hardin

    28.0 million

    32.4 million

    9. Cherokee

    24.5 million

    33.0 million

    10. Panola

    24.4 million

    29.7 million

    Texas Total

    646.0 million

    $855.4 million

    * Total Volume consists of 84% Pine and 16%  Hardwoods
    **Delivered Value includes cost of trees, logging, and transportation

Texas Forest Ownership

  • Individual/Family Forest Owners – 63%
  • Timberland Management Groups & Real Estate Investment Trusts – 18.4%
  • Industry – 10.2 %
  • Public, State and National Forests – 8%
  • Texas loggers and land managers undergo training in Best Management Practices to protect the environment when harvesting timber.

Texas National and State Forests

  Texas National Forests  

Texas State Forests

1.

Davy Crockett National Forest

160,643 acres
Houston and Trinity Counties

6.

Jones State Forest
1,722 acres
Montgomery County

2.

Sam Houston National Forest
163,037 acres
Montgomery, San Jacinto, and
Walker Counties

7.

Siecke State Forest
1,722 acres
Newton County

3.

Sabine National Forest
160,806 acres
Jasper, Sabine, San Augustine,
Newton, and Shelby counties

8.

Kirby State Forest
600 acres
Tyler County

4.

Angelina National Forest
153,160 acres
Angelina, Jasper,
Nacogdoches, and San
Augustine Counties

9.

Materson State Forest
519 acres
Jasper County

5.

Fairchild State Forests
2,470 acres
Cherokee county

 

 

These are just a few of the many products that come from trees!

  • Trees are a natural supply of chemicals that are important ingredients in plastic filler, varnishes, toothpaste, shoe polish, foam rubber and much, much more.
  • Wood pulp makes paper products such as napkins, books, magazines, envelopes, paper cups, food packaging, and many other items.
  • Trees produce cellulose, which is the smooth part of ice cream, salad dressing, chewing gum and toothpaste.
  • Tree fibers are found in rayon and other fabrics.

Forestry is about growing trees for products that we use everyday. In fact, we use more wood than any other product…including food!

Trees Provide Fuel!

  • Energy from the sun is stored in tress; this means we can use wood as a fuel to create heat and electricity – called biomass.
  • In fact, the fuel that many paper and lumber mills use comes from wood waste and bark.

Each year in Texas, enough wood is harvested to build 105,000 homes.

Primary wood products produced in Texas each year:

  • 1.51 billion board feet of lumber
  • 2.73 billion square feet of structural panel products
  • 2.68 million tons of paper and paperboard

Did you know…

  • Wood products are biodegradable materials and many can also be recycles!!
  • Today's paper fiber comes mainly from two sources:
    • Pulpwood Logs
    • Recycled Paper
  • Much of the paper we use everyday is a blend of new and recycled fiber.

Did you know that over 5,000 Products we use Everyday come from Trees?

  • Rubber tires
  • Bay leaves
  • Bassoons
  • Bird houses
  • Chop sticks
  • Church altars
  • Clarinets
  • Dinning room table and chairs
  • Docks
  • Gazebos
  • Clocks
  • Home insulation
  • Moldings
  • Non-sparking hand tools
  • Oars
  • Crates
  • Rafts
  • Railroad ties
  • Rocking horses
  • Tongue depressors
  • Travel trailers
  • Bowls
  • Dry process hardboard
  • Engineered beams
  • Adhesive systems
  • Animal beddings
  • Binders
  • Blankets
  • Blister packaging
  • Blouses
  • Cereal boxes
  • Coffee filters
  • Compression molding polymers
  • Dispersants
  • Dust control
  • Dyestuffs
  • Egg cartons
  • Film
  • Film papers
  • Furnace insulation
  • Game boards
  • Labels
  • Leather
  • Tanning
  • Lignin
  • Magazines
  • Milk cartons
  • Valve packing
  • Paper cups
  • Pine tar
  • Pipelines
  • Pitch
  • Playing cards
  • Shrink wrap films
  • Spray-on insulation
  • Surgical gowns
  • Artificial vanilla flavorings
  • Wax paper
  • Wallpaper
  • Shoe polish
  • Ashtrays
  • Golf clubs
  • Jar lids
  • Life-jackets
  • Linoleum
  • Wall tiles
  • Whistles
  • Wine corks
  • Vinegar
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cable reels
  • Barrels
  • Picture frames
  • Plywood
  • Sailboats
  • Shakes
  • Wooden floors
  • Wooden spoons
  • Masonite
  • Dissolving pulp
  • Artificial kidney membranes
  • Cellulose filters
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cosmetic puffs
  • Facial tissue
  • Fast food wrapping
  • Greeting cards
  • Insecticide sprays
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Newspapers
  • Oil filters
  • Postage stamps
  • Rosin
  • Sausage casings
  • Telephone sets
  • Tissue paper
  • Turpentine
  • Twine
  • Beehives
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Cork boards
  • Fishing corks
  • Safety helmets
  • Shoes
  • Toilet seats
  • Out houses
  • Grocery receipts
  • Fungicides
  • Acetic acid
  • Flagpoles
  • Soaps
  • Baby wipes
  • Roofs
  • Paint
  • Seedling pots

Did You Know?

Trees are a natural supply of chemicals that are important ingredients in plastic filler, varnishes, toothpaste, shoe polish, foam rubber and much, much more.