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IN 2016 FLORIDA'S FOREST INDUSTRY
CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN $25 BILLION TO
THE STATE'S ECONOMY. IT HELPED PROVIDE
JOBS FOR MORE THAN 124,000 PEOPLE,
OFFERING $6.6 BILLION IN INCOME FOR
FAMILIES ACROSS THE SUNSHINE STATE.

suggesting that an average of 330,000 acres are regenerated
annually. According to the study, the net annual growth was
almost twice the harvest rate, indicating that Florida forestry
does, indeed, remain sustainable.
The study also found that there are more than 1,800 forestry-based business establishments in Florida. There are 74
primary wood-using mills, 363 secondary wood and paper
product manufacturers, and other allied industries such as
forest chemical manufacturing; sawmill, woodworking, paper
machinery manufacturing; wholesale trade in lumber and
wood; and biomass electric power generation.
In addition to providing markets for forest resources,
which is crucial to the continued sustainability of both forests and the forest industry, these establishments also provide jobs. According to the study, the overall average annual
wages paid per employee exceeds $51,000 (reflecting fulland part-time employees). Additionally, for every one direct
job in the forest industry, a total of three jobs are supported
throughout Florida's economy.
The top five counties in terms of total employment contributions are Duval, Taylor, Nassau, Miami-Dade and Bay. The
inclusion of Miami-Dade in that list highlights the importance

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of the forest industry to urbanized areas as well as rural. In
fact, Miami-Dade, Polk, Hillsborough and Broward appear
repeatedly in the study's "top 10" lists of various economic
contributions due to the presence of secondary manufacturing industries. Overall, the economic contribution of the
forest industry is greatest in metropolitan area counties
with populations of 250,000 or more and in counties adjacent to them.
Duval, Miami-Dade, Taylor, Polk, and Nassau counties top
the list for forestry revenues, with both Duval and Miami-Dade
exceeding the billion-dollar mark.
While large numbers are always impressive, another consideration that cannot be overlooked is the economic concept of "community dependence:" the importance of the
forestry industry to counties in terms of its share of their
total economic activities. Taylor County leads that list, with
Liberty, Nassau, Dixie and Putnam rounding out the top five.
Thirteen other counties also reflect significant dependence
on the forest industry.
In addition to the commercial commodities and services,
significant value can also be assigned to the opportunities
for recreation and tourism associated with the natural amenities that forests provide. More than $850 million in industry
output and 7,800 jobs were generated by visitors to Florida's
3.5 million acres of public forests in 2016.
Furthermore, forests provide an array of environmental services, such as improving water quality and increasing water
quantity, sequestering carbon and purifying the air, and providing habitat for Florida's amazing spectrum of plants and animals. The immense value of these services is understandably
challenging to quantify. Considering the fact that roughly 70
percent of Floridians get their drinking water from groundwater largely recharged from forests in North Florida, it would be
safe to say that the value of the ecosystem services is priceless.
While some may think of forests only as the pretty green
spaces lining the roadways between one place and another,
our state's working forests have an amazing impact on all areas
of our lives every day. From the jobs they provide to the revenue they generate, from the ecosystem services they deliver
to the more than 5,000 products made with forest resources,
the findings from this study clearly indicate that working forests work for Florida.
The complete study can be found on the Association's
website at www.FloridaForest.org. *

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017

Executive Outlook
President’s Message
Forestry’s Economic Impact on Florida
Serving Floridians Through Wildfires and Storms
A Post-Hurricane Guide to Managing Invasive Tree Pests
Celebrating the Best in Forestry
Annual Meeting 2017
Log a Load for Kids Makes a Million!
Snapshots
Products & Services Marketplace
Index of Ads/ advertisers.com
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Intro
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 5
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Executive Outlook
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - President’s Message
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 8
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Forestry’s Economic Impact on Florida
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Serving Floridians Through Wildfires and Storms
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 12
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 14
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - A Post-Hurricane Guide to Managing Invasive Tree Pests
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Celebrating the Best in Forestry
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Annual Meeting 2017
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 21
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 22
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Log a Load for Kids Makes a Million!
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Snapshots
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 25
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 26
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 27
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Products & Services Marketplace
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 29
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - Index of Ads/ advertisers.com
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