Impact of the Forestry Community

Thanks to healthy markets for forestry – including paper, lumber and over 5,000 life sustaining products – and a commitment to public policy that supports forest landowners, Georgia is consistently ranked as the top forestry state in the nation. Here are a few things you might not know about the benefits of Georgia’s working forests. 

#1 in Commercially Available Timberland

Georgia has 22 million acres of commercially available, private timberland, more than any other state (1).

#1 Exporter of Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mill Products

Georgia accounts for 21 percent of all U.S. exports of pulp and paper (6).

#1 Exporter of Wood Fuel 

Exports of wood fuel, including chips and pellets are valued at $165 million (3). 

#1 Exporter of Wood Pellets

Exports of wood pellets are valued at $136 million, 26 percent of the U.S. total (3).

More Benefit

$32.2 Billion

Overall annual economic impact in 2015 from the forest industry (2).

$753 Million

State tax revenue for the State of Georgia (2)

133,256 Jobs

Total direct and indirect employment in Georgia from the forest industry (2).

$4.6 Billion

Economic benefit from forest-related outdoor recreation (3).

$37 Billion

Annual value of ecosystem services of private forests (4).

48% Annual Growth vs. Removals

In addition to a consistent increase in forest land cover over last 50 years due to healthy markets (5).


(1) Georgia Forestry Commission. (2011). Georgia Forest Facts. Web; accessed: February 2017.

(2) Georgia Forestry Commission. (2015). Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in Georgia: 2015. Web; accessed: February 2017.

(3) Georgia Forestry Commission. (2015). Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources 2015. Web; accessed: February 2017.

(4) Moore, Rebecca et al. (2011). Quantifying the value of non-timber ecosystem services from Georgia’s private forests. University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. January 2011.

(5) Georgia Forestry Commission. (2014). Georgia’s sustainable forests: A resource for all Georgians. Web; accessed: February 2017. 

(6) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015). Georgia: Price Movements of Top Exports and Other Highlights. Web; accessed: February 2017.