Who Owns the Forest?

Ever been going down the road, passing miles and miles of timberland and wonder, who owns all of this property? The answer is simple; 59% of all timberland is owned by private landowners – the you and me’s of the world, 27% is owned by the public, and only 14% is owned by the forest industry. While timber products are the largest valued agricultural crop in the United States and the forest products industry employs 1.6 million people, the majority of the forests in this country are still owned by private citizens.

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