The wood resources that support Kentucky’s forest sector primarily come from Kentucky’s forests. Each acre of harvested timber is The VALUE of a  Harvested Woodland Acre to Kentuckyestimated to contribute $20,876 to Kentucky’s economy. This contribution starts with the woodland owner who receives, on average, $1,033 per acre for timber sold based on the statewide average of 3,563 board feet of timber harvested per acre at $0.29 per board foot. Remaining economic contributions are calculated by dividing the direct cash output of each forest sub-sector by the estimated number of acres harvested in 2018. The graph figure shows how most of the harvested timber moves through the supply chain. Loggers harvest the timber and transport it to a mill for processing into primary products like lumber, crossties or paper. From there, secondary industries convert the wood to a final product for use. Virtually no wood is wasted in the supply chain as products such as sawdust, chips, and bark are sold or used in other industries. Each step along the way, from the woodlands to the final wood-using industry, contributes to the economy. The most value is added by the secondary industry which makes it important that as much as possible, our raw wood material is processed into a final product in the state. Woodland owners and logging are individually the smallest direct contributors; however, without woodlands and logging it would be extremely challenging for the rest of the Kentucky forest sector. 

The Flow of Harvested Wood in Kentucky