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Forest products economy

Slices of trees are piled up for woodworkers to turn into products

Forest products economy

A woodworker stains a slice of wood

Michigan's forest economy

More than half of Michigan is forested, and 95 percent of that forest land can be used for the production of timber, a renewable and sustainably-managed resource. The State of Michigan manages 21 percent of forest land.

Forests in Michigan are managed for timber production, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, biodiversity conservation and recreation. 

Based on 2017 data, we estimate that Michigan's forest products industries provides direct employment to almost 41,000 people, leading to $12.2 billion in economic output. That same year, labor income was $2.7 billion and value-added was $3.5 billion. In total contributions, these industries support over 91,000 jobs, $5.5 billion in labor income, $8 billion in value-added and $20.2 billion in output. 

Interactive economic data displays

2017 regional forest economy data

See an interactive tool showing 2017 Northeast-Midwest regional forest products data by county.

2015-2017 data by county

See an interactive tool showing 2015-2017 Michigan forest products data by county.
See data in an excel file.

2015 data by county

See an interactive tool showing 2015 Michigan forest products data by county. 
See data in an excel file.

See additional forest products industry data and reports in our online archive