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Alabama Industries Forest Products

Alabama has the second largest timberland base in the United States with nearly 23 million acres. The forest products industry is the state’s largest manufacturing industry, producing an estimated $4 billion worth of products (GDP) with plenty of opportunity to grow.

As the 2nd largest timberland base in the U.S., our state is in the top ten producers of pulp, paper, lumber, and wood panel production.

Forestry and Logging

Establishments: 643
Employment: 4,152

Wood Product Manufacturing

Establishments: 379
Employment: 16,246

Paper Manufacturing

Establishments: 90
Employment: 11,466

Forest Products Industries with a Presence in Alabama

Growing and nurturing the forest-based economy through education and workforce training

Alabama is committed to providing a high standard of education and training in the forest products industry.

Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering at Auburn University

This program provides undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in science and engineering to meet the needs of the pulp and paper industry and allied biomass-based industries.

Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University’s forestry program is nationally accredited and a Center of Excellence with the USDA Forest Service.

Auburn University School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences

The school of Forestry & Wildlife Siences is the flagship program for forestry, wildlife, and natural resources in Alabama. It offers world-class faculty, state-of-the-art labs, expansive field sites, and technological resources to develop students into tomorrow’s leaders.

Other Colleges

In total, there are 29 four-year colleges and universities and 24 two-year community and technical colleges strategically located throughout the state.


Alabama’s #1 incentive, provides a total workforce delivery system at no cost to qualified employers.
The Forest Products Development Center (part of AIDT) facilitates forest-based economic development within Alabama by providing a wide range of technical information and analytical support to industry.

Forest Products Industry News

Gov. Ivey announces $28 million for 16 projects in South Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that close to $28 million will go toward 16 projects focused on land acquisitions, research and recreational access improvements across South Alabama. To read more of the story go to: NBC 15

Enviva Receives Approval to Construct Wood Pellet Facility in Sumter County; Thanks Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat, issued a statement today thanking the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for its approval of a permit allowing Enviva to construct a wood pellet facility in Sumter County. This permit paves the way for…

Forestry industry is driving the rural economy

The Alabama Department of Commerce released a new report this week showing that the forest industry is having a large impact on rural economies. In 2018, Westervelt Company, Rex Lumber and Great Southern Wood all announced plans for production facilities in Alabama. All combined, over 300 jobs were created at the facilities alone. In 2018,…

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