"You are a member of an important group. Together, the private, nonindustrial timberland owners control most of our state's timber resources. You and other timberland owners hold the key to the future of Mississippi's forest economy. As you begin or continue to manage your timber, you will come in contact with foresters who may use terms with which you are unfamiliar. This publication is meant to help you better understand special terms and abbreviations commonly used in forestry. Hopefully, this publication will help you make decisions about the productive management of your timber."