Commercially, our most valuable wood is generated from southern oak-pine forests, which are in the far southeastern corner of Oklahoma on more than five million acres extending into five counties. The forest industry and private landowners claim the vast majority of southern oak-pine woods. The federal government owns approximately 300,000 acres of national forests.

Among the Oklahoma industries supported by these forests include:

  • Two large sawmills
  • A plywood plant
  • A medium density fiberboard plant
  • Two large paper mills

Located in the scenic Ouachita Mountains these forests provide superior recreation opportunities as well as supporting a diverse wildlife population.

Another benefit is the filtering system these woodlands offer to ensure high quality drinking water that is used as far away as Oklahoma City.