New Hampshire is the second-most forested state in the nation, with 84 percent of the state’s land mass covered by timberland.

76 percent of New Hampshire’s forests are privately owned.

Just over half of New Hampshire’s forests are northern hardwood trees. Softwood trees such as Spruce, White and Red Pine make up 20 percent, and the remainder of the state’s forests are composed of Aspen/Birch and other miscellaneous species (e.g. Hemlock).

New Hampshire’s forests are growing. Currently, forest growth exceeds harvest by 49 percent.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, growth is expected to exceed harvest through 2023 (the extent of their projection).

Approximately 3.3 million tons of wood is harvested every year in New Hampshire (72 percent is low-grade wood for papermaking or energy – biomass).

Forest Economy

The forest products industry:

  • Employs approximately 6,139 individuals
  • Produces an annual payroll exceeding $242 million.
  • Total annual value of the forest products economy output = $1.39 billion
  • Forestry, logging, and timber trucking employment = 1,433; payroll = $83.5 million.
  • Sawmills employment = 1,996; payroll = $62 million.
  • Paper mills employment = 1,100; payroll = $61 million.
  • Secondary wood products manufacturing (furniture and related) employment = 1,140; payroll = $36 million.
  • Wood energy power plants employment = 470

Forest-based Recreation

  • Employs approximately 10,800 individuals
  • Total annual value of the forest-based recreation economy output = $1.4 billion


* data comes from The Economic importance of New Hampshire’s Forest-Based Economy 2013, published by the North East State Foresters Association, and Economic Contribution of the Logging Industry in New Hampshire (2014), prepared by Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships