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Forest products industry

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Forest products industry

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Michigan's forests provide renewable products and skilled jobs

Michigan's 20 million acres of forest land support a diverse industry and some of the best hard maple and red oak timber in the world. Our forest products industry has:

  • More than 150 registered foresters.
  • More than 800 logging and trucking firms.
  • About 300 primary manufacturers – sawmills, veneer mills, pulp and paper mills and engineered board manufacturers.
  • More than 1,000 secondary manufacturers – companies that use lumber or products made by a primary manufacturer to make finished goods.

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Active surveys

Please email completed surveys to Dave Neumann or print and mail the form to: MDNR Forest Resources Division, PO Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909.

2021 Primary Mill Survey

Utilization and marketing newsletters

Get forest industry information in DNR forest utilization and marketing newsletters.

Wood industry directories

Wood industry directory

A searchable directory of Michigan sawmills, pulp and paper mills, wood product manufacturers, forests, loggers, truckers, wood brokers and other businesses.


Printable directory

See a pdf directory of primary forest industry mills in Michigan.

Secondary manufacturers directory

See a pdf directory of secondary forest industry manufacturers in Michigan.

Primary Michigan mills

Primary mills are facilities like sawmills or pulp mills that convert logs into products or materials used in secondary manufacturing facilities. View our interactive map, or download a pdf map.

View interactive primary mill map
Map of Michigan showing dots where forest industry mills are located

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