Wood and paper production

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

As defined by the U.S. Forest Service, the total amount of land covered by forest in the United States amounts to over 750 million acres (about 3 million square kilometers). Such a huge forest area provides great opportunities and prosperous ground for lumber and wood production.

In 2006, lumber production in the U.S. amounted to 49,740 million board feet. The number decreased in 2007 to 45,964 million board feet and then decreased even more dramatically to 35,964 million board feet in 2008. Since then, lumber production has ranged between 30,000 and 35,000 million board feet: 30,299 million in 2009, about 30,461 million in 2010 and 33,304 million 2011. In 2012, lumber production in the U.S. approximated to 34,791 million board feet. In 2013, the number increased to 37,300 million board feet, the highest number since 2007.


Paper and board make up a significant portion of the forest production in the United States. In 2009, the total production of paper and board in the country amounted to about 78,299 million tons. This number grew to 82,968 million tons in 2010. In 2011, the total production of paper was around 82,003 million tons, while in 2012, the number decreased to 81,051 million tons. This decrease reached its lowest point in 2013 when 80,670 million tons of paper and board were manufactured in the United States.


In 2016, the total employment in the U.S. forest products industry was 953,000 people. This number includes the forest, paper, packaging and logging industries. About 374,600 people were employed in the pulp and paper industry, more than 433,200 people were employed in the wood products industry and a total of 145,200 people were employed in the forestry and logging industry in the U.S.


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About Pavel Prikhodko

Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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