Forest Statistics

Forest Statistics

Tennessee Forest Resource Statistics


  • Forests in Tennessee cover 14 million acres. That is 52 percent of the state’s land areas.
  • Approximately 89 percent of the trees in Tennessee’s forests are hardwoods.
  • Oak/Hickory forest types account for an estimated 73 percent or 9.9 million acres of forest land in Tennessee.
  • Tennessee’s forests are aging. A greater percentage of acres have trees in the mature or overmature age classes than in the immature age classes.
  • Forest harvest and wood manufacturing use about 1/3 to 1/2 of the wood grown in Tennessee each year. The remainder of the growth continues to accumulate on trees or is lost through natural mortality.
  • Tennessee is among the top 3 hardwood lumber producing states.


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