Forests cover nearly half the state of Kentucky and are the foundation of a forest sector that is a major economic force in the Commonwealth. This webpage contains the latest Kentucky forest sector economic contribution estimates, prior estimates, links to data sources and methods, as well as additional information related to the economic importance of Kentucky’s forest resources. 

The 2016 estimates for the economic contribution of Kentucky’s forest sector include:

  • $8.4 billion in direct economic contribution
  • $13.29 billion in total economic contributions
  •  26,068 jobs in the forest sector and an estimated 59,451 jobs overall

The Kentucky Forest Sector is divided into six sub-sectors:

  • Logging
  • Primary Wood Manufacturing
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Secondary Wood Manufacturing
  • Paper Converters
  • Wood Residue

Each of these sub-sectors is comprised of one or more forest industries except for the Pulp and Paper sub-sector which consists of only paper mills in Kentucky. For more information about the forest industries included in each sub-sector click here.



2018 KY Forestry Economic Impact News Conference

KY Contribution Report Cover 2018