FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - 9

FEATURE

FORESTRY'S
ECONOMIC IMPACT ON

FLORIDA

YOUR PARENTS MIGHT have warned you that money
doesn't grow on trees, but a recently completed economic
impact study out of UF/IFAS indicates otherwise.
According to the study, 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.
Those numbers place it beside the horticultural industry as the state's top agricultural commodity groups. They
also show that Florida ranks among the leading forestry
states in the southern region of the United States.
In a state best known for beaches and amusement
parks, forestry remains a growth industry. Literally. Florida's
subtropical climate supports a rich biodiversity of softwood and hardwood tree species that can be used commercially, including pine, cypress, cedar, oak, poplar,
maple, hickory, tupelo and gum.
There are more than 17 million acres of forestland in
Florida, which means forests cover nearly half the state -
mostly the northern half, to be precise. While forests can
be found as far south as Miami-Dade County, the vast
majority lie north of Ocala.
Nearly all counties in North Florida have at least 50 percent forest cover, with many having 75 percent. In fact, this
region is one of the world's largest concentrations of sustainably managed plantations of southern pines.
Unlike many regions of the world, most of Florida's forests are privately owned (64%). Private ownership includes
industrial corporate (i.e., mills), nonindustrial corporate
(i.e., corporate landowners who do not also own mills), and
non-industrial non-corporate (i.e., individuals and families).
Almost 90 percent of forests in Florida are considered
commercial timberland, also known as working forests.
Working forests are privately or publicly owned lands
where the sustainable production of timber is balanced
with other uses and benefits.
The latest available figures estimate total annual timber harvest removals from Florida forestlands at slightly

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more than 16 million tons, the vast majority from pine forests.
Due to the importance of continued sustainability, it should
also be noted that more than 450 million tree seedlings were
planted in Florida between 2010 and 2015. In 2015, 1.65 million
acres of Florida forestlands were timber stands 0-5 years of age,

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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
FLORIDAForests - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover3
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