Florida Forests Provide Multiple Benefits

April 18, 2018

Forests are one of Florida’s most beautiful and beneficial natural resources. Almost half of the Sunshine State’s 35 million acres is covered in forest, with most of the forests situated north of Orlando. About 15 million acres of Florida’s forests are classified as “working forests.”

These working forests provide a variety of household objects such as furniture, building materials and supplies as well as other wood and fiber products.

Financially, the forestry provides $25 billion to Florida’s economy and more than 124,000 jobs across the state.

Environmentally, these forests preserve habitat for wildlife, contribute to improving air and water quality and provide areas for recreation and much needed green space in Florida’s urbanizing landscape.