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NC Forest Facts

  • North Carolina is ranked 5th in top forestry exports from the US.

  • Forestry accounts for 9.6% of all NC agriculture exports.

  • Nearly 60%- 19.8 million acres of NC is forested. Due to regeneration and planting programs.

  • During the 1990s, tree planting in NC averaged 118,700 acres per year.

  • In 2013, $414,849,486 worth of wood products was exported from North Carolina.

  • The annual payroll for the forest industry totaled $2 billion in 2012.
  • Export sales of forest products in NC totaled $414 million (2012).
  • Employment in the NC Forest Products Industry can be broken down as follows:
    • Persons employed in Forestry and Logging- 5.053
    • Lumber and Wood Products- 16,997
    • Paper and Allied Products- 16,117
    • Total- 38,119 jobs
  • Wood Product Manufacturing for NC exceeded $10 billion in 2012.

Sources: American Forest and Paper Association (2014), NC Cooperative Extension Service (2014), and U.S. Department of Commerce Economic and Statistics Administration (2014)



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