Almost 80% (17.6 million acres) of the forested land in Idaho is classified
By definitiuon, timberland is a forested area that can grow generation
after generation of healthy trees, and one that has not been placed in a
reserve such as a national park or wilderness area in which timber harvesting
is not allowed.
The U. S. Forest Service manages 13 national forests which lie completely
or partially within the state and include 73%, or 12.8 million acres, of
Idaho's timberlands. The rest of Idaho's timberlands are divided between
public and private ownership.
The State of Idaho and other public agencies own 9% or 1.6 million acres,
forest products companies own 7% or 1.2 million acres, and the remaining
11%, 2 million acres, is owned by ranchers, farmers, tribes and other landowners.