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. Our forests have always supported local and state economies by generating jobs and income.
Our estimates show that in 2017, the latest data available, Michigan's forest products industries provided 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 supported over 91,000 jobs, $5.5 billion in labor income, $8 billion in value-added and $20.2 billion in output.