Maine is the most forested state in the
nation. Approximately 17.6 million
acres, or 89% of the state’s total land
area, is covered with trees. The forest
helps define the Maine “Way of Life.”
• Maine is the major timber producer of the NEFA region, accounting for more than half of timber harvest and wood products manufacturing output.
• The annual contribution of forest-based manufacturing and forest-related recreation and tourism to the Maine economy is over $6.47 billion.
• Forest-based manufacturing is the largest manufacturing industry in
Maine, contributing $5.31 billion in
value of shipments to the economy in 2005 or 36% of Maine’s total manufacturing sales.
• The forest-based manufacturing industry provides employment for
19,614 people and generates a payroll
of over $0.75 billion, the largest payroll in Maine’s manufacturing sector.
• Forest-based recreation and tourism provides employment for over 12,000 and generates payrolls of $0.14 billion.
• In 2005, forest-based manufacturing contributed $2.47 billion in
Gross State Product (GSP) to the state
economy, or 31% of the manufacturing GSP for Maine.
• Revenues from forest-related recreation and tourism activities totaled $1.15 billion in 2005.
• Maine landowners received estimated stumpage revenue in 2005 of $0.18 billion.
• The sale of Christmas trees, wreaths and maple syrup contributed approximately $0.01 billion in 2005.
• Wood provides the energy for approximately 20% of electrical use in Maine.
• Revenues from the sales of biomass chips in 2005 totaled approximately $.06 billion.
• Each 1,000 acres of forest land in Maine supports 1.2 forest-based manufacturing, forestry and logging jobs and .7 forest-related tourism and recreation jobs.
source: www.nefainfo.org/publications/2007 Publications/NEFAEconomicImportME.pdf