West Virginia is the third most heavily forested state in the nation, behind only Maine and New Hampshire. Forests cover 78 percent (12 million acres) of the state’s 15.4 million acres. Almost all of the forested land (11.8 million acres or 98.3 percent) is classified as commercial forestland, which is available for timber production.
Timberland accounts for a significant percentage of total land for all West Virginia counties, ranging from 43.7 percent in Berkeley and Jefferson counties to 93.5 percent in Webster County. In 2000, more than 88 percent of timberland in West Virginia was privately owned by individuals, corporate businesses, farmers and the forest products industry.
West Virginia is the second leading hardwood state in the nation with 22.3 billion cubic feet of hardwood growing stock, trailing only Pennsylvania. See the chart below for volume by species.