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 2020 economic contributions of Kentucky’s forest sector include:
The Kentucky Forest Sector is divided into six sub-sectors:
Each of these sub-sectors is comprised of multiple forest businesses.
These figures show the direct employment and direct economic contribution of each of the Kentucky forest sub-sectors.
Distribution of Kentucky’s Forest Sector
The wood was processed at 671 wood, paper, and paper converting manufacturing facilities located in 112 counties. The distribution of these facilities indicates the importance of the forest sector to both rural and urban communities.
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