Forest Industry

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The oldest land-based industry in New Hampshire

The forest-products industry is the oldest land-based industry in New Hampshire, dating back to 1634 when the state sent its first cargo of masts to England for the Royal Navy. Today, forests cover 84 percent of the Granite State, and, as a renewable resource, add much to the state and regional economy.

The annual value of output of New Hampshire’s forest-products industry totals nearly $1.4 billion. When accounting for the ripple-effect on the rest of the economy, estimates reach as high as $2.4 billion in economic output. Forest-based recreation adds another $1.4 billion.

Approximately 7,756 workers work in the forest products sectors, including 1,200 loggers, 500 foresters and 800 truckers. Another 10,800 jobs support the forest recreation economy.

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Andy Fast
Forest Industry Specialist



A NH Forest Products Markets Update webinar took place on July 26th, 2022. Learn More
A NH Forest Products Markets Update webinar took place on March 17th, 2022. Experts representing a range of New Hampshire Forest products markets spo... Learn More
The 23rd Annual Blackfly Breakfast took place on June 17th, 2021. Representatives from across the forest products industry provided updates in a ro... Learn More


When air-drying green lumber a specified period of time or holding green inventory long enough for loss of value to occur, it is recommended to place ... Learn More
This information sheet is in response to questions concerning how remuneration is specified in a contract for timber harvests. This document was devel... Learn More
UNH Cooperative Extension, UNH Brewing Laboratory, and Seguin-Moreau conducted research on important chemical characteristics in white oak (Quercus al... Learn More
New Hampshire employs over 7,000 workers in the forest industry. This encompasses diverse positions in different sectors with varied skill sets. Fores... Learn More

Andy Fast, Extension Forest industry Specialist, engaged in a unique study looking at the suitability of white oak grown i... Learn More
From 1885 through 1960, the precursor to today's state forestry agency, the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, published periodic reports to the... Learn More