Statistics and facts on Forestry
The third subbranch of the primary sector agriculture – forestry – covers the management of forests in order to produce raw materials and to use wood in a sustainable way. Based on the NAICS classification, establishments involved in the forestry sector include timber tract operations, forest nurseries and gathering of forest products, and logging.
The forestry sector provides information on the status and trends of national forests. It analyzes how big the area of forest is, where it is located, determines the forest’s ownership (publicly- or privately-owned) and reports how the forest area is changing and growing in order to monitor forest’s health. On the other hand, forests serve as recreational areas and shall secure the large variety of flora and fauna.
In the United States, about one third of the total area is covered by forest. Most of the forested land is privately owned (about 60 percent), whereas the public sector administers about one third only. Based on the definition by the U.S. Forest Service, forests are defined as forested land if it is at least 1 acre in size and has minimum 10-percent coverage with forest trees.