The forest products industry is the number-one manufacturing industry in North Carolina. It employees 70,000 people throughout the state, contributes $18.5 billion in gross sales and pays $912 million in local, state and federal taxes. There are 18.6 million acres of forestland in North Carolina, 85 percent of which are privately owned.


North Carolina and the federal government offer a variety of tax incentives, tax credits and tax deductions to qualifying woodland owners.


Cost-share programs available under the USDA  Farm Bill  and through state agencies provide financial assistance and technical know-how to help forest landowners manage their land.


Landowners invest years in growing and managing their timber. And for most, selling timber is a once or twice in a lifetime transaction. Mistakes can have long-term financial and environmental consequences. Here some information that can help you maximize your return and avoid costly mistakes.