Forestry Stats in Randolph County

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Overhead shot of NC forestThe natural beauty of Randolph County is undeniable and the lay of the land can vary dramatically depending on which corner of the county you find yourself in. However, one thing that is constant throughout the county is our forests. Beyond the visual appeal, the timberland here provides a vital contribution to the local economy and industry. In a recent release by NC State Extension Forestry, some interesting statistics using 2018 state and county data was unveiled. Over half of Randolph County, around 402 square miles, is covered in privately owned timberland. This vast supply of timber allows the entire forest industry in the county to contribute around $1.7 billion to the economy and over 9,000 jobs. The total inventory in Randolph County is projected to be well over 20 million green tons between hardwood and softwood timber.

Many forest landowners are finding the financial and environmental benefits from having a woodland plan created for their property. Woodland plans encompass many types of plans, including a Forest Management Plan and a Forest Stewardship Plan. A Forest Management Plan is detailed plan that is required to qualify for forestry present use-value (PUV) program. A forest PUV program is designed to help the landowner by changing the property’s tax classification. Of course, a management plan will be tailored to meet the landowner’s financial and environmental objectives. A Forest Stewardship Plan focuses on working with a natural resource professional to create guidelines for the future objective of the property. The main goal is to keep the timber healthy and to leave a legacy for the future generations.

To get started with either of these plans, contact your local NC Forestry Service office or a consulting forester. NC State Cooperative Extension offers educational classes where you can learn more about managing your timber, economic considerations and more! To learn more about what Cooperative Extension is offering, please email or call 336.318.6000.