The Natural State's forests are thriving, healthy and diverse
thanks to forestry research and careful land management by thoughtful
forest stewards. Taken as a whole, the forests of Arkansas are primarily
made up of hardwoods. The latest Arkansas Forest Inventory Analysis
information is available here.
Forestry professionals protect the environment
When it comes to protecting the environment, Arkansas's forestry professionals are committed to practices that promote forest health and maintain a proper environment. When harvesting, loggers and foresters abide by Best Management Practices to protect water quality in streams, rivers and lakes, and to minimize soil loss due to erosion.
Examples of Best Management Practices include:
- Building logging roads along natural contour lines
- Installing culverts to control water flow
- Maintaining buffer strips of trees along streams—known as Streamside Management Zones or SMZs—to control erosion and protect water quality
According to a recent report from the Arkansas Forestry Commission,
the state's forestry professionals are doing an excellent job of
complying with Best Management Practices as well as doing their part to
enhance the forests' environmental quality.
Healthy forests are productive forests
The forests of the Natural State are a tremendous benefit for its people, economy and environment. Arkansas's healthy forests provide so many things that we depend on and enjoy every day:
- Clean air
- Wildlife habitat
- Excellent soil and water quality
- Scenic beauty
- Recreational opportunities
- Essential forest products such as lumber and plywood as well as cardboard and newspaper
- Good, family-wage jobs for tens of thousands of Arkansans