Economy and Land Use

Land use in the Perdido Basin is mixed with the majority of the watershed used for silvicultural (timber harvesting) activities. (Strategies 1998)

Other land use in the basin includes forest, agriculture, and wetlands. Population density is fairly low.

Land use distribution is characterized as follows from a study completed in July 1998.

economy perdido

Timber is the major natural resource in the area. 75% of the basin in Baldwin County, 70% of the basin in Escambia County, AL, and 85% of the basin in Escambia County, FL are utilized for timber production. Major land owners are International Paper, Scott Paper, Dupont, and Champion International.