U.S. Forest Products Industry - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Forest Products Industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about the U.S. forest products industry

The total amount of land covered by forests in the United States - as defined by the U.S. Forest Service - amounts to more than 750 million acres, or approximately three million square kilometers. Alaska is by far the U.S. state with the largest amount of forested land, followed by Oregon and California. About two thirds of all U.S. forested land is timberland, producing or capable of producing industrially utilized wood. Most of this land is held by private owners.

Such resources promote a strong forest products industry in the United States. The U.S. produces around 11.97 billion cubic feet of industrial roundwood, distinctly less than a decade earlier. The most important products incorporating industrial roundwood are lumber, pulp products, plywood and veneer. Prices for timber products remained stable or increased over the last decade. The highest increase was reported for woodpulp and paperboard.

In total, the U.S. forestry and forest products industry employ approximately 953,000 people, making this sector one of the most significant employers in U.S. manufacturing. The industry shows an annual payroll income of almost 53 billion U.S. dollars. Industrial shipments of the wood and paper manufacturing industry are worth some 282 billion U.S. dollars. U.S. paper mill shipments alone, for example, are worth some 45 billion U.S. dollars.

Major players are summarized in the so called forest, paper and packaging (FPP) industry. International Paper is not only the largest FPP company in the United States, but also worldwide, generating some 23.6 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2014. Kimberly-Clark is another top player in this sector globally. With more than 1.5 billion U.S. dollars, it has the second highest net income of all U.S. FPP companies, next to Weyerhaeuser with 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in net income.

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