New Reports Reinforcing the Value of Sustainably Managed Private Working Forests

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) today released two new reports confirming the ongoing relationship between strong markets for wood products and sustainable forestry in the U.S.

The reports study the 32 most forested states, representing 91.3% of all working forests in the contiguous U.S., 74% of which are privately-owned. United States Forest Inventory and Harvest Trends on Privately-Owned Timberlands, is a first-of-its-kind national report detailing annual forest growth and removal data by product, species and region and summarizes this data at a national level. The report reveals that private forest owners:

  • Grow 40% more wood than they remove.
    • In the South, they are growing 41% more.
    • In the North, they are growing 32% more.
    • In the Pacific Coast/Northwest, they are growing 42% more.
  • Remove a small percentage of the total inventory of growing trees.
    • In the South, removals were equivalent to 2.9% of growing trees
    • In the North, removals were equivalent to 1.2% of growing trees.
    • In the Pacific Coast/Northwest, removals were equivalent to 2.0% of growing trees.

NAFO also released The Economic Impact of Privately-Owned Forests in the United States, the second update to NAFO’s inaugural report published in 2009. The report revealed on a national level that private working forests support:

  • 2.4 million jobs
  • $99 billion in payroll
  • $281 billion in sales

NAFO’s interactive map details state-specific economic impacts. Both reports were produced by Forest2Market, a company providing market data and analytics to participants in the wood supply chain.

For more information please contact NAFO: Gretchen Schaefer, 202-747-0756 or