Banner for LabNotes
From Lab Notes
Contact Information
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


You are here: FPL Home  / Information Products & Services  / Publications

Requested Product

Title: Status and trends for the U.S. forest products sector: a technical document supporting the Forest Service 2020 RPA Assessment

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-258. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Author(s)Brandeis, Consuelo ; Taylor, Marcus ; Abt, Karen L.; Alderman, Delton ; Buehlmann, Urs

Publication Year: 2021  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports

Abstract: According to the latest available forest resource estimates, approximately 40 percent of the roundwood harvested in the United States is utilized in the production of solid wood products and 38 percent in the production of wood pulp for paper and paper products (Oswalt and others 2019). The demand for solid wood products is motivated by activity in end-use markets such as new housing construction and furniture manufacturing. The demand for paper and paperboard products arises by activity in a wide range of industries, from businesses that need to print paper to the retailer’s demand for wrapping paper and boxes used in shipping, among others. This report provides trends in U.S. forest products consumption, production, and trade to assess the forest products sector status to date. We find the U.S. construction sector remains the leading consumer of solid wood products, accounting for nearly 66 percent of all solid wood products consumption in 2019. As such, we observe the production of solid wood products closely following trends in the construction sector activity. Consumption of pulp and paperboard products shows a persistent downward trend primarily due to the increasing adoption of electronic media in place of newsprint, writing papers, and printing papers. Paper products consumption per capita during 2019 was nearly 60 percent below the level observed in 1999. Paperboard consumption per capita has declined as well, but at a slower rate.

Keywords: Forest products; forest sector; lumber; paper and paperboard; trade; wood energy; wood panels.

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 9,216 kb(s)

Date posted: 01/21/2021

This publication is also viewable on Treesearch:  view
RITS Product ID: 10093

Additional items that might interest you
View the video celebrating FPL's 100 years of public service in 2010, from the producers of the Greatest Good....view

Research Highlights from FPL....view

Termite Eradication: A search for the Holy Grail.... view

Moisture Management in Residential Construction Series videos...view

Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction Series videos....view
- FPL's Mission and Strategic Plan -

FPL's mission is to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber utilization research that contributes to conservation and productivity of the forest resource, thereby sustaining forests, the economy, and quality of life. ... ..more »

- FPL Research Emphasis Areas -
Advanced Composites

As an integral part of the FPL mission, we improve the long-term sustainability of our Nation's forests by creating valuable composite products from biobased materials ... ..more »

Advanced Structures

The FPL has been in the forefront of wood-frame housing research since 1910 and has long been recognized as a world leader in such housing-related areas as engineered wood ... ..more »

Forest Biorefinery

We all know the compelling reasons that the United States needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Historically, the greatest increases in energy demand have been for transportation fuels ... ..more »


A leader in wood products research for over a century, the FPL is positioning itself to become the lead Federal research facility for the application of nanotechnology in forest products ... more »

Woody Biomass Utilization

Forests in the United States contain a substantial amount of small-diameter, overstocked, and underutilized material.FPL research projects are exploring the potential of the small-diameter ... ..more »