Current Surveys

  • Current Active Surveys

    The DNR is in the process of gathering updated information on secondary manufacturers and timber producers through two on-going surveys described below.  Michigan-based wood, paper, and wood composite material manufacturers are invited to complete the Secondary Manufacturer Survey.  Loggers and truckers are invited to complete the Producers Survey.  The results from both surveys will be posted on this website after data collection and analysis are complete.

    Secondary Manufacturer Survey

    The DNR is conducting a census of all manufacturers that use wood, paper, wood pulp, or wood composite materials.  Information from the survey will be used to produce a report describing the composition and status of the forest products industries in Michigan.  Survey responses will also be used to update company listings in the Forest Products Industry Directory, a free searchable listing of forest products manufacturers, mills, and timber producers located at

    Manufacturers can fill out a web-version of the survey, or fill out a PDF version of the survey and email or fax it back to the DNR.

  • Primary Mill Survey

    The DNR is conducted a survey of wood-using primary mills and biomass energy facilities that were active in calendar year 2016 to help assess the amount of wood harvested from Michigan forest land. The survey focuses on primary manufacturers -- companies that use sawlogs, pulpwood, chips or fuelwood from in-woods harvesting to manufacture first-order goods like lumber, paper, engineered wood products or mulch. Responses will be used to summarize information statewide on type of mills in operation, products produced, and estimates of wood volume used and residues created in the manufacturing process. All individual mill volume information will be kept confidential. Contact information and type of products produced for each company were used to update the Forest Products Industry Directory for participating mills. Questions? Contact David Neumann at or 517-284-5887, or Brenda Haskill at or 906-293-5131 x 4053. The survey is available as a PDF posted below:

    2016 Primary Mill Survey Questionnaire

    Results of the 2014 Primary Mill Survey are published in the mill survey report listed below:
    2014 Primary Mill Survey Report 


  • Producer Survey

    The DNR conducted a survey of loggers, truckers, timber brokers and dealers. Responses were due by September 30, 2016.

    A survey of Michigan loggers, truckers, timber brokers and dealers was conducted through the end of 2015 to identify how many timber producers are in business, what services they provided, and how much wood they can produce and haul. Information was sought on timber producers’ workforce training needs, and how many new employees each company expects to hire in the next year. Information from the survey may be used to update the Forest Products Industry Directory.