The largest wood-supplying region in the United States is the South, and Alabama figures prominently among southern states in timber production. based on 2002 estimates, almost 56 percent of the total timber harvest in the United States was from southern states, and that trend is predicted to continue through the next 50 years. It was also estimated that between the years 2002 and 2050 the majority of the timber produced will be harvested from forested acres owned by private landowners.