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 Arizona.

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.


Four Corner's Timber Harvest and Forest Products Industry, 2012 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)

Recent Posters

The Great Recession and the Western Forest Products Industry Poster (2012)

Timber-Processing Capacity in the Western United States (2006)

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 Arizona and New Mexico, 2012- 2017: Current and Past Trends

Logging Utilization in Arizona and New Mexico 2012-2017 (Presented to the Timber Measurement Society, Coeur d'Alene, ID)

Arizona and New Mexico Logging Utilization, 2012-2017 Poster presented at the 2017 Society of American Foresters Annual Convention.

Sawmill Energy Consumption & Emissions

On-Site Energy Consumption and Selected Emissions at Softwood Sawmills in the Southwestern United States
Dan Loeffler, Nathaniel Anderson, Todd A. Morgan, Colin B. Sorenson


Biomass Studies

A study to enhance the ability of federal land managers in the Western United States to address the financial and economic aspects of woody biomass removal was funded by the Joint Fire Science Program. The study was broken into two parts.

  1. A compilation of an annotated bibliography on the body of economic and financial information and tools currently available to federal land managers.

    Annotated Bibliography

  2. Conducting focus groups with federal land managers throughout the West to understand their current knowledge and use of existing information and tools as well as barriers to biomass utilization,
    Enhancing Western Managers' Knowledge and Use of Available Economic and Financial Biomass Information and Tools

Results from this study were presented as a poster at the Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in October 2009. Additional biomass research from the Joint Fire Science Program can be found here.

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.

Arizona Partners