New Hampshire's forests cover 84% of the state. New Hampshire is the second most forested state in the nation. Therefore, the working forest is an important component of the state's economy.
76% of the forests are privately owned, the remainder is owned by the federal, state and local governments. Most decisions about what happens in the forest are made by people like you and me-individual landowners.
The forest industry contributes $1.4 billion to the state's economy supporting over 18,500 jobs. If you add forest-based recreation, the number doubles to $2.8 billion. The industry is made up of loggers, foresters, truckers, sawmillers, and a growing wood energy market.