Forestry is big business across the nearly 2,000 rural counties of the United States—supporting 2.5 million jobs and fueling a $200 billion industry for forest products like household goods, paper and pulp, and lumber.
Privately owned forests support 2.5 million U.S. jobs.
The forest industry is a top 10 manufacturer in 45 states.
Forestry supports $99 billion in payroll.
More than 75% of U.S. pulp and paper mills are located in rural counties.
Family-owned forests provide 50% of the wood that flows into the U.S. supply chain.
Forests & American jobs
Sustainably managing our forests could mean more jobs for rural communities.
This is because when family forest owners (those owning between 20 and 1,000 acres) conduct sustainable forest management practices—like thinning, removing invasives and planting—they typically need to hire local foresters, loggers and others to help them complete the work.
On average, a landowner might contract with roughly 15 people in their local community to help them with land management.
Partnerships for local economies
When family forest owners conduct sustainable forest management practices on their land, the local community benefits. This is especially true in initiatives like the My Wisconsin Woods partnership which connects family forest owners with foresters, helps them write management plans and assists them in taking needed steps toward oak regeneration in the region.
Learn more about how you can partner with us to support America’s rural communities.
March 25, 2021
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
Each year, AFF welcomes more than 250 Tree Farmers, inspectors, state committee leaders, policy supporters and partners to the three-day 2019 National Leadership Conference (NLC). With topics ranging from the ATFS database to learning how to engage a more diverse audience to an emerging leaders workshop focused on the next generation of sustainable forestry, the conference provided plenty of opportunities for participants to learn more about the Tree Farm system and its community.
March 9, 2021
Mississippi Forester Awarded for Leadership and Contributions to Forestry Community
The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is pleased to award Garron Hicks of Tupelo, Mississippi with its 2021 National Leadership Award. The award recognizes the efforts of extraordinary volunteers for their efforts to catalyze on-the-ground conservation impact, provide educational opportunities to landowners, and support work towards his or her state committee’s forest goals.
March 24, 2020
Strengthening, Growing, and Increasing Conservation Impact: A Recap of the 2020 NLCC
This year, the American Forest Foundation (AFF) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS) welcomed more than 250 attendees including ATFS committee leaders, inspectors, and placed-based conservation partners to the three-day 2020 National Leadership Community Conference (NLCC). The event focused on how we together, collectively as a community, can strengthen, grow and increase our conservation impact.