Private forest owners are a driver of the U.S. economy by providing millions of jobs while producing a broad range of goods and services that improve quality of life in every home and community. This substantial economic contribution is possible because forest owners recognize that responsible management today yields sustainable economic and environmental benefits over the long term.
On a national level, forest owners support:
- 2.4 million jobs
- $99 billion in payroll
- $281 billion in sales
The report, The Economic Impact of Privately-Owned Forests in the United States, conducted by Forest2Market, is an update to NAFO’s inaugural report in 2009. It provides national, regional and state-specific data on jobs, payroll, sales, acreage ownership and contribution to gross domestic product. Data is based on 2013, the most recent and complete year for which data is available. The interactive U.S. map below provides a convenient snapshot of individual state data from the report.