The Forest Products program provides technical assistance to support the forest products industry, forest product market developments, and forest biomass energy applications. The program engages with the design-build sector to promote wood construction and Montana wood products. The Wood Products Program directly supports the Working Forests and Economies goals of the Forest Action Plan.
Did you know?
Did you know?

Wood is the only major building material that is completely renewable and Forest products make up Montana's third-largest industry

  • Each American uses an estimated 100-foot tree's worth (43 cubic feet) of wood each year! 
  • Wood is the only major building material that is renewable and stores more carbon during growth than is emitted during harvest, processing, and transport combined.
  • Montana has 19.8 million acres of productive, non-reserved timberlands, and 860,000 acres of industrial and managed timberland is third-party certified for sustainable practices.

  • 6,530 Montanans are employed in forest-based jobs

  • Forestry is #3 in Montana’s economic impact ranking

  • 77% of the energy used in the Montana forest products industry is renewable wood energy produced and consumed on-site.

  • 16 public and non-profit facilities in Montana generate heat and hot water with renewable wood energy.

  • According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in 2019, Wood Products was ranked 2nd in Montana’s top 10 manufacturing sectors with $395.7 million in revenue.

  • Did you know that the USDA has a Forest Products Laboratory researching the use of wood and fiber in advanced composites, advanced structures, biorefinery, nanotechnology, and biomass utilization? 

Mulch Pile
Kalispell Timber Tour
Timber on Truck