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Helping the Lumber Industry Stand Tall

The forest products industry has always played a large role in the South Carolina economy. In fact, the state’s first sawmill dates back to the establishment of Charleston as the colony’s first permanent settlement. By the end of World War I, however, most of South Carolina’s virgin timber was gone, and some believed that the forest industry would disappear. In the 1930s, however, interest in reforestation, timber management, and sustained yield provided new promise for a failing timber industry. Today, railroads are proud partners of mills across the state, the 4th largest in terms of rail tons of lumber and wood products.