Economic Contribution of the Forest Sector in North Carolina, 2016

— Written By Kristin Wing

They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but the forest sector plays a key role in the economy of North Carolina. North Carolina has roughly 18.1 million acres of timberland, which supports a robust forest products industry across the state. In 2016, the NC forest sector contributed $32.7 billion, supporting 150,000 jobs.

This handout breaks down how the forest sector contributed to the North Carolina economy in 2016, including employment, labor income, and more. For this information and other quick facts about the forest sector’s contribution to the state economy, check out this handout.

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Contributing Extension Specialists:
Rajan Parajuli, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Forest Economics, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Robert Bardon, Associate Dean of Extension, Department Extension Leader and Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources