Of the 200 million acres of commercial forest land in the 13 southern states, 18½ million acres are publicly owned, 36½ million acres are owned by wood-based industries, and by far the lion's share, 145 million acres, belongs to private individuals and groups. U.S. Forest Service reports indicate that 94 million acres of southern forest land support, in whole or in part, commercial quantities of at least one of the four major southern pine species.

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