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Matthew McBroom, Stephen F. Austin State University, mcbroommatth@sfasu.edu
Yanli Zhang, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, zhangy2@sfasu.edu (Presenter)
Steve Bullard, Stephen F. Austin State University, sbullard@sfasu.edu

 

The forest products industry in East Texas generates almost $20 billion in economic return with almost 80,000 jobs. Fragmentation of the 12.1 million acres of forestlands due to urbanization and other land use changes is a concern for the future viability of this industry. This study uses GIS spatial analysis tools to investigate the spatial factors that impact the location of forest industries in the region. Basic information about the forest products industry was collected, compiled, and categorized. A georeferenced database was created to conduct spatial correlation analysis with spatial factors such as land use/land cover, population, transportation, and income. This research is useful to policy makers, investors, and resource managers to implement strategies to ensure the future viability of the forest products industry in this region. Results of this study can also be applied to other regions of the USA to assist with determining the most significant spatial factors for the industry.