National Forest Products Week is celebrated the third week in October every
year. It’s a time to recognize the many products that come from our
forests, the people who work in and managed our forest, the businesses that
make the products and how each one contributed to our lives.
October 18 – 24
has been designated Idaho Forest Products Week through a
proclamation signed and sealed by Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter and Secretary
of State Ben Ysursa. With nearly 40% of the state covered in trees,
there’s a lot to celebrate!
Most Idahoans realize our forests are an essential part of the state’s
history, culture, environment and economy, but many people do not realized
the economic and environmental contributions of our 21.5 million acres of
- $3.5 billion to the state’s economy in 2013
- Over 10,500 jobs directly tied to the forest
- $1.8 in income from product sales in 2013
- $366.5 million in employee compensation
Perhaps the best thing about forest products is that they come from a
renewable and sustainable resource. Not only are wood products recyclable,
durable and energy efficient; healthy, growing forests play a key role in
absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen and storing carbon over time.
Idaho Forest Products Week celebrates “working forest” where trees are
grown, harvested and re-grown for the future. Working forests work for
Here are some links to interesting websites about forest products.
Amazing Stuff from Trees
Why should we use wood?
Forest Products & Education Links