Forest Inventory and Analysis

Forest products boost Kentucky’s economy by nearly $10 billion this year

According to an economic impact study released Thursday, Kentucky forest products contributed nearly $10 billion to the state’s economy.

Some of the study's findings include:

- Contribute $6.357 billion; adding all indirect wood-related industries total $9.992 billion to the state’s economy in 2012.

- Provide 51,928 jobs (2.7 percent of Kentucky’s total employment) with 24,262 directly employed by the wood/paper and logging industries.

Seven Actions to Support Sustainable Forests - Priorities for the 2nd Obama Administration

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of all 50 state forestry agencies, the eight U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. State Foresters deliver technical and financial assistance, and forest health, water and wildfire protection on over half of the nation’s forestland, which is held in private or non-federal public ownership. They are also key stakeholders and often cooperators in the management of federal lands.

Survey shows 301 million trees in Texas killed by drought

A Texas A&M Forest Service survey of hundreds of forested plots scattered across the state shows 301 million trees were killed as a result of the devastating 2011 drought. The number was determined by a study of both on-the-ground tree health assessments collected during a three-month period earlier this year and satellite imagery from before and after the drought.

Research says many urban forests product of natural regeneration

A study by U.S. Forest Service scientists including Baltimore, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles and Syracuse, N.Y., as well as nine cities in the Canadian province of Ontario was published recently in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. The study showed that on average, 1 in 3 trees in sampled cities were planted while two-thirds resulted from natural regeneration.