The importance of the County Forests to Wisconsin’s economic health continues to increase. County Forests sustain over 60,000 full-time jobs derived from logging, trucking, paper production, manufactured building materials, and lumber. Many of these jobs are in such businesses as the expanding printing industry and are located far from the forested northland.
In addition, the lands managed by these 29 counties provide an important recreation resource to complement our state’s valuable tourism industry. As population increases, the need for accessible lands will unquestionably assume an ever more important role.
No matter how you look at it, the Wisconsin County Forests are a success story.