Missouri's 2012 Timber Product Output Survey

Date Written: 
Fri, 08/02/2013

Information Need: Detailed information on the level of wood harvested from Missouri’s forests is necessary for intelligent planning and decision making in wood procurement, forest resources management, and forest industry development. Likewise, researchers need current forest industry and industrial roundwood information for planning projects. In the spring of 2013 the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) undertook a detailed census of primary wood processors throughout the state, asking for information on their firms from 2012.


  • In 2012, Missouri’s primary wood using industry was comprised of 374 sawmills, 16 log brokers, and 29 mills producing other products. The number of large mills increased from 18 to 31 from 2009 to 2012.
  • The primary wood-using mills in Missouri processed nearly 670,000 MBF (which is 670 million board feet) of industrial roundwood (logs), over 80,000 MBF more than processed in 2009.
  • Over 89% of the industrial roundwood processed by the State’s primary wood-using mills was cut from Missouri’s forest lands.
  • The Ozark Region was the leading supplier of industrial roundwood in Missouri, with about 200,000 MBF, or almost 33% of the Missouri total. The red oak group was the most harvested species group in 2012, accounting for almost 46% of the total industrial roundwood volume.
  • Comparing harvest results from the 2012 primary wood processor survey with 2011 growth results from Forest Inventory and Analysis plot work, shows 50% of red oak and 43% of walnut growth was harvested. Overall, about 33% of growth was harvested.
  • Weighting responses by mill volume, only 8% of mill residues went unused. About 25% were used for charcoal and 33% were used for “miscellaneous and other” purposes.

Using the information: Silvicultural operations, such as timber harvests, are one of the main tools in MDC Forestry’s toolbox for managing the state’s forest resources for wildlife habitat, recreation, clean water and forest health. Up-to-date harvest and production information allows MDC foresters and administrators to gauge how effective management has been, not just on public lands but on private lands as well.

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