The importance of the County Forests to Wisconsin’s economic health continues to rise. County Forests sustain over 60,000 full-time jobs derived from logging, trucking, paper production, manufactured building materials, and lumber. Many other jobs are created in such businesses as the expanding printing industry and are located far from the forested northland. We are proud to be sustainable contributors to the 24 billion dollar forest industry in Wisconsin.
In addition, the lands managed by these 29 counties provide an important recreation resource to complement our state’s valuable tourism industry. Tourists spend valuable money at local businesses. By providing 2.4 million acres of public recreation land, we bring tourist to our state. Tourism is an industry we are proud to support and protect. As population increases and public access to privately owned forestland decreases, the need for accessible lands unquestionably will assume an ever more important role.
Timber management also generates county tax relief. In our current economic environment this is more important than ever, as it provides income for struggling local budgets. No matter how you look at it, the Wisconsin County Forests are a success story.