USDA Forest Service Planning and Analysis Group

Economic Analysis for Planning

“We must work towards a shared vision — a vision that conserves our forests and the vital resources important to our survival while wisely respecting the need for a forest economy that creates jobs and vibrant rural communities.”

Secretary Vilsack, Vision for the Forest Service (PDF, 30 KB), August 14, 2009

“Millions of Americans have forest-related jobs, from forest restoration work to recreation use, wood products, grazing, and energy and mineral development. In 2010, national forests attracted over 170 million annual visitors, which in recreation use alone sustained nearly 223,000 jobs while contributing $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy.”

Chief Tidwell, March 6, 2012


“The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

A component of this mission is,

“Helping States and communities to wisely use the forests to promote rural economic development and a quality rural environment.”

For more information about economic impact and contribution analysis (IMPLAN), economic efficiency analysis, as well as ecosystem services evaluation, see Economic Impact, Contribution, Efficiency and Ecosystem Services Analysis - Applications for Forest Planning...

Woman in Forest Service uniform posing with seven young boys and girls. Black cattle with mountain scene in background. Rays of sunshine filtering into a forest scene. Forest stream. Loaded log truck on forest road, logs decked along the roadside.

* Jobs numbers from an Interdeputy effort sponsored by WO Strategic Planning, Budget and Accountability (SPBA). For more information, please contact Susan Winter at

USDA Forest Service
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