National Forest Products Week
October 15-21, 2017

National Forest Products Week is celebrated the third week in October every
year.  It’s a time to recognize the many products that come from our
forests, the people who work in and managed our forest, the businesses that
make the products and how each one contributed to our lives.

Most Idahoans realize our forests are an essential part of the state’s
history, culture, environment and economy, but many people do not realized
the economic and environmental contributions of our 21.5 million acres of

  • $3.5 billion to the state’s economy in 2013
  • Over 10,500 jobs directly tied to the forest
  • $1.8 in income from product sales in 2013
  • $366.5 million in employee compensation

Perhaps the best thing about forest products is that they come from a
renewable and sustainable resource.  Not only are wood products recyclable,
durable and energy efficient; healthy, growing forests play a key role in
absorbing carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen and storing carbon over time.

Idaho Forest Products Week celebrates “working forest” where trees are
grown, harvested and re-grown for the future.  Working forests work for

Here are some links to interesting websites about forest products.

Amazing Stuff from Trees
  • The Making of Pulp  New Video
  • Paperboard Mill   New Video
  • Tissue Mill   New Video
  • TAPPI: Common & Uncommon Paper Products
  • Stuff We Get from Trees
  • How Paper is Made
  • Check here for simple explanations of how we get building materials, chemicals, paper, and much more from trees
  • Extensive list of products made from wood   
  • Eaten Any Wood today?
  • From the Woods: Incredible Wood
  • See How Veneer is Made
  • Non-Wood Forest Products from Temperate Broad-Leaved Trees (Find information about products from leaves, flowers, oils, sap, resins, gums, corks, tannins, dyes, nuts, mushrooms, insects and other foods.)

  • Why should we use wood?
  • Architect Michael Green talks about using wood
  • Architect Michael Green's TED Talk on wooden skyscrapers
  • Wood for Good

  • Forest Products & Education Links
  • Idaho Primary Wood Processing Facilities Map
  • reTHINK WOOD - all about the use of wood in buildings.
  • Forest Products in Idaho
  • Idaho Wood Products Directory
  • Forest Products Companies Directory Newly Updated
  • Fun with Paper and Forest Products (Don't miss "Fun Toilet Paper Facts"!)
  • Forest Products Laboratory
  • Wood Magic Show (Kids' section, Take time to explore this one. There’s lots to see and do!)
  • BIG Word Search puzzle - Chemicals and Products from Trees
  • If a Tree Falls in the Forest... (Activity from National Geographic)
  • Downloadable PDF brochures from Georgia Pacific, with teacher guides Titles available: Mammals and Forests, Energy, The Right Chemistry, People and Trees, Water and Forests, Paper Recycling, A Forest Is..., Birds and Forests, From the Forest, and The Forester's Job.
  • Have You Thanked a Tree? (Activity from "Forests of Washington" curriculum supplement.)
  • Fun Info about Paper - including Games and Puzzles
  • Tree Products Scavenger Hunt 6-8 (Lots of other tree & forestry activities are here, too!)
  • Behind the Scenes: Forest and Forest Product Research (from the Forest History Society)
  • Fueling the Fires of Industrialization (from the Forest History Society)
  • Living in a Global Forest (from the Forest History Society)
  • What’s Really in Paper Besides Wood? (from the Mineral Information Institute)
  • Test Your Environmental IQ!
  • Forests are the Future By W. Henson Moore

    A fun video from the Danish Wood Institute


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