Nov
02

Growth Expected For South Carolina’s Forestry Industry, Experts Say

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– Columbia Regional Business Report

The forestry industry is poised for a large expansion as economic conditions improve throughout the state, industry experts said during a conference last week.

The daylong conference, held at the S.C. Forestry Commission’s Harbison State Forest in Columbia, was aimed at growing forestry’s economic impact in South Carolina, from $17 billion to $20 billion per year by 2015 and beyond the more than 80,000 jobs the industry currently provides.

Growing the forestry industry in South Carolina by 10% would create approximately 8,000 jobs and $1.7 billion more in annual impact to the overall economy. The average wages in the forestry sector now stand at $46,000 per year, compared with the state average of $34,000 a year.

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