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Posted: Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013

How important is the forest industry to Lincoln County?

Natural resources are economically important to Lincoln County and the central and north Oregon Coast region. There are different ways to measure the economic importance of a resource.

One way is to count the number of jobs and the value of those jobs in a region. The forest sector in Lincoln County makes up about 5 percent of the jobs and almost 15 percent of the economic base. It is estimated that forest sector jobs average about $19 per hour and about $29 per hour when benefits are added.

Another economic metric is to estimate the value of the resource. In measuring economic benefit in this way, the forest industry in Lincoln County is the most valuable of our natural resource industries. Ninety percent of Lincoln County, about 572,000 acres, is designated as forest. In 2011 (most recent available data), about 9,300 acres were harvested, generating about 170 million board feet of timber. Lincoln County forests are about 65 percent privately owned and about 35 percent publicly owned.

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