Pennsylvania Forest Products Association

No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, you aren't far from a beautiful forest. Our forests provide a multitude of products that we use in everyday life, an essential economic benefit to the Commonwealth, recreational and tourism opportunities, as well as providing habitat for wildlife.

  • Pennsylvania is the largest producer of hardwoods in the country, accounting for 10% of the total hardwood output in the US.

  • Revenues from Pennsylvania's forest products industry exceed $5.5 billion annually.

  • Approximately 90,000 Pennsylvanians make a livelihood on the industry. Over 10% of the state's manufacturing workforce is involved in the forest products industry.

  • There are over 3,000 separate businesses involved in the forest products industry, with a presence in every county of the Commonwealth.

  • Every dollar paid to a timber owner for trees ultimately generates, through manufacturing, more than $17 worth of economic growth.

  • More than half of Pennsylvania - about 17 million acres - is forest.

  • Our forests are increasing in size. The Federal Forest Inventory shows 20% growth in the last decade.

  • The majority of Pennsylvania's forests, about 70%, are privately owned, including 5% held by forest products companies. Approximately 30% of the forests are government owned.