What is the Forest Sector?

The Forest Sector is as diverse as the many different forests of North America. In the U.S. and Canada, the sector is a significant employer and includes individual landowners, lumber producers, government agencies, foresters, pulp and paper manufacturers, bio-energy producers, professional associations, universities, conservation organizations, tribes, first nations and recreation groups, among many other formal and informal participants that manage, work in and enjoy our forests. All these interests have a say in how forests are managed and in making decisions that will shape the future of the sector and our forests.
Collectively the sector owns, harvests, manages, enjoys, studies, protects and conserves forests on public and private lands for a variety of goals and benefits. These include:
  • Managing private forest lands, including the planting and cutting of trees.
  • Managing public forests, parks and protected areas, including forests managed for specific wildlife and habitat goals such as National Parks, National Forests and
  • Wilderness Areas.
  • Production of forest products such as lumber, cardboard, paper and packaging.
  • Research and education into forest management and conservation.
  • Advocating for forest’s conservation and protection.
  • Producing fuels that provide energy and heat.
  • Maintaining recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, birding and camping.