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Beaufort County leads state in timber production

The Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Service will host a meeting for landowners who own and manage timber on their lands March 5 at 10 a.m.

Timber and forests are a large part of the area’s economy, from supplying trees for pulp plants to lumber for construction to Christmas trees.

Beaufort County had 349,041 acres of timberland in 2016, with timberland accounting for 66 percent of the county’s acreage. The county ranks No. 1 in the value of its timber, with $24.5 million in stumpage value (price paid to landowners for standing timber) and $43.7 million in delivered value (price paid to the timber buyer upon delivery of timber to the mill).

The meeting’s topics will include the following: forestry present use value program; Mark Megalos and Colby Lambert; current forest market situation and outlook; Rajan Parajuli and the worth of an acre of time; Colby Lambert. The extension office is at 155 Airport Road, Washington.

In 2016, 86 percent of timberland in North Carolina was in private ownership. Six percent was national forests, followed by 6 percent owned by the state and location governments and 2 percent owned by federal government interests.

“North Carolina has about 18.1 million acres of timberland, which supports a vibrant forest product industry throughout the state. Timberland is the main land use type covering 58 percent of the total land in the state. In 2016, the total stumpage value of timber harvest, the value that landowners received for their standing timber, was about $468 million. Moreover, the total value that mills paid, i.e., the delivered value was about $903 million. Beaufort from Northeast, Craven from Southeast and Bladen from South Central were the top three counties in terms of the 2016 delivered values, respectively,” wrote Parajuli, an assistant professor at N.C. State University and an extension specialist in forest economics.

 

 

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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