PurposeThis study analyzed the economic contributions of the forest industry and forest-based recreation activities to the state of Florida in 2016,
updating a previous study sponsored by the Florida Forestry Association (Hodges et al., 2005). The study includes state level estimation of:
- Total economic contributions of the forest industry, including breakdowns for specific sectors including forestry production, primary wood products manufacturing, secondary wood products manufacturing, primary paper products manufacturing, converted paper products manufacturing, forest chemical products manufacturing, allied manufacturing of sawmill/woodworking/paper machinery, wholesale trade in lumber and wood products, and biomass electric power generation.
- Total economic contributions associated with forest-based recreation activities based on recreational spending by nonresident visitors to Florida’s 3 National Forests, 37 State Forests, and 54 Wildlife Management Areas.
- Total value of ecosystem services provided by Florida forests
The study also includes various geographic breakdowns of these results:
- County-level estimates of the total economic contributions of the forest industry, including breakdowns for the specific sectors and estimates of the county’s dependence on the forest industry.
- Estimates of the total economic contributions of the forest industry, including breakdown for the specific sectors, for broad economic regions of the state that are anchored by major metropolitan areas.
- Delineation of total economic contributions of the forest industry by urban/rural classification.
Hodges, A.W., W.D. Mulkey, J.R. Alavalapati, D.R. Carter and C.F. Kiker. Economic Impacts of the Forest Industry in Florida, 2003. Sponsored project report to the Florida Forestry Association. University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department, 2005, 47 pages, available at: http://fred.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/economic-impact-analysis/FE53800.pdf