The BBER’s Forest Industry Research Program works throughout the Western United States doing a variety of research and data collection projects. This page will pull together information and data the program has compiled for the state of Alaska.

Forest Products Industry and Timber Harvest Reports

In cooperation with the USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program, the Bureau conducts a census of the primary forest industry in each state, collecting detailed information on the industry’s size, diversity and economic impacts.


Forestry in the Last Frontier: A Forest Products Industry Perspective in Alaska (presented at the 2017 National Society of American Foresters Convention, Albuquerque, NM)

Alaska's Timber Harvest and Forest Products Industry, 2011 Poster presented at the 2014 Society of American Foresters annual Convention.

Timber Processing Capacity

Impact of the Great Recession and Housing Collapse on the Forest Products Industry in the Western United States

Forest Products Journal (Vol. 61 No. 8, 2012)

Timber-Processing Capacity and Capabilities in the Western United States

Presentation slide show (pdf)(2004)

See also: Forest Products Journal 55(12):143-147 (July/August, 2006)

Workforce and Employment

Forestry workers and businesses are a critical component of the forest industry, providing the labor and expertise to produce goods and manage our natural resources. Understanding the capacity to meet current and future demands and the barriers and challenges forestry businesses face are essential to maintaining a strong industry across all segments of the supply chain. The BBER also tracks the economic contribution of the industry at the state and regional level.

Logging Utilization

The BBER’s logging utilization studies provide information on the diameter distribution of harvested trees, descriptions of harvesting techniques and equipment used by loggers, and removals factors describing the proportion of material utilized and left in the woods from growing-stock and sawtimber sources.

Logging Utilization in Alaska 2016-2019

Predicting Logging Residue Volumes in Alaska

Alaska Partners