Submitted: The Two Sides Team January 14, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that a study by the Georgia Institute of Technology for the Georgia Forestry Commission shows that in 2011, economic activity generated by the forestry industry topped $25 billion in output and provided 118,459 jobs.
January 11 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that a study by the Georgia
Institute of Technology for the Georgia Forestry Commission shows that
in 2011, economic activity generated by the forestry industry topped $25
billion in output and provided 118,459 jobs.
I am proud to see our state retain its position as a national
forestry leader, said Deal. Our 24 million acres of forests are one of
Georgias most valuable natural resources, and the dedication of the
men and women in the forestry community drive that success. I’m
confident our sustainably grown forests will be providing both economic
and environmental benefits for generations of Georgians to come.
Highlights of the “Economic Benefits of the Forest Industry in
Georgia: 2011” report include increases in output, compensation,
employment and total economic impact, as well as impact statistics by
region. The report shows that between 2010 and 2011:
- Revenue generated directly by the forestry industry rose 4 percent to $15.1 billion.
- Forest industry workers earned $2.9 billion in wages and salaries, up 13.3 percent.
- Georgia’s forest industry directly employed 46,378 people, up 6.8 percent, the first upward trend in four years.
- Georgia’s pulp and paper industry continued to dominate all sectors
within the forest industry (over forest management/logging; lumber and
wood preservation; veneer, plywood, and engineered wood; and secondary
products) in revenue output, employment and compensation.
- The industry generated more than $487 million in revenues for the state budget in 2011.
“We are very pleased that after three years of declines,
Georgia’s forest industry increased output, employment and compensation
during 2011,” said Georgia Forestry Commission Director Robert Farris.
“Information from our recent mill survey indicates this trend has
continued through 2012, and that Georgia’s position as a national
forestry leader will remain strong.
“This annual study is a valuable barometer of the importance of
forestry to the state of Georgia and its citizens. The total impact of
forestry in Georgia went up 5.6 percent between 2010 and 2011 to $25
billion. Another study by the University of Georgia Warnell School of
Natural Resources shows that Georgias forests provide $37 billion in
ecosystem services. These benefits have a tremendous effect on every
business, agency and family across the state of Georgia.”
For the first time, the report provides a breakdown of employment and
compensation in 12 regions of Georgia. According to Georgia Forestry
Commission Marketing and Utilization Chief Nathan McClure, this analysis
demonstrates forestry’s crucial impact on the rural economies of
southern and southeastern Georgia. “In the future, we expect the
industry will show additional gains in central and eastern Georgia as
the growing wood pellet and bioenergy industry develops,” McClure said.