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NC Forest Facts

  • North Carolina is a leading forestry state nationally.
  • Nearly 62%- 19.9 million acres of NC is forested. Due to regeneration and planting programs, the net annual forest growth rate is approximately 21%.
  • During the 1990s, tree planting in NC averaged 118,700 acres per year.
  • In 2001, $138,200,000 worth of wood products was exported from North Carolina.
  • The wood products industry employs approximately 18% of the state's manufacturing workers. The annual payroll for the forest industry totaled $3.8 billion in 2002.
  • Sales of Forest Products in NC totaled $19 billion (2003).
  • The forest products industry, excluding furniture production, is the fourth largest manufacturing industry in the state and represented 7.5% of the manufacturing work force in 2003.
  • Employment in the NC Forest Products Industry can be broken down as follows:
    • Persons employed in Forestry- 3,987
    • Lumber and Wood Products- 45,485
    • Paper and Allied Products- 23,801
    • Total- 73,273 jobs
  • Wood Product Manufacturing for NC exceeded $4.8 billion in 2003.

Sources: American Forest and Paper Association (2003), NC Cooperative Extension Service (2002), and U.S. Department of Commerce Economic and Statistics Administration (2004)


NCDA&CS International Trade Office, Peter Thornton, Assistant Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 411, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3153; FAX: (919) 715-0083