How much cypress is used for mulch?
That’s a good question, and the answer is very unclear. Evidence collected by the Save Our Cypress Coalition suggests that cypress mulch is the main driver of cypress logging. Of the seven cypress manufacturing facilities we know of in the state, there are only two are producing any lumber at all, and they both make massive amounts of cypress mulch from whole trees as well. The Louisiana Forestry Association states that less than 20% of cypress harvested is used for mulch, but they present no data to back that assertion. And their aggressive public campaign on the issue and claims that the cypress industry will die without the mulch market suggest that it is a more significant product.
On-the-ground evidence shows that the market for
cypress mulch is a leading cause of cypress deforestation.
An internal US Army Corps of Engineers memo shows that one mulch producer has inquired about logging up to 50,000 acres in Louisiana to produce cypress mulch.