The Idaho forest is a place where men and women earn a living.
Nearly one of every eleven jobs in Idaho is tied to the forest products
industry which is the state's number one non-farm basic industry. Of all
the basic industries in Idaho, the forest products industry provides 10.9%
of the gross state product and 9% of the total jobs.
In 1996 for example, more than 20,000 people including loggers, foresters,
millworkers, etc., earned their livings directly from the Idaho forest.
These forest related jobs provided $880 million of labor income in 1996.
Another 39,800 people provided services to the forest industry and were
indirectly dependent upon the forests. Grocery checkers in Salmon, auto
mechanics in Bonners Ferry and schoolteachers in Horseshoe Bend are all
dependent upon the jobs and income provided by the forest products industry
in their towns. And let's not forget the additional people who transport
raw materials and finished wood products and build forest roads and the
specialists and scientists who work for forest products companies, the U.S.
Forest Service and other public agencies, planning and directing forestry
activities on Idaho's timberlands.
Employment in Idaho's Forest Products Industry
Annual Average, Lumber & Wood Products, Paper & Pulp, Forestry
(Thousands of Jobs)