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 in Annual Timber Harvest Volume

Georgia tops every other state in the nation in terms of pure volume of timber harvested (7) all while overall tree volume in Georgia has been net increasing since 1953 (8).

#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

$36.3 Billion

Overall annual economic impact in 2017 from the forest industry (2).

$977 Million

State tax revenue for the State of Georgia (2)

148,414 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. (2019). Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in Georgia: 2018. Web; accessed: January 2020.

(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. 

(7) U.S. Forest Service. Forest Resources of the United States. (2014). Web; accessed: June 2017. 

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