Forest Products in Gem County
Idaho is fortunate to have vast expanses of forests, which help preserve the natural integrity of our state. Not only are the forests an important part of the watershed, but the trees that grow in these areas contribute heavily to several different industries. There are several production facilities across the state that process paper and wood for a multitude of different applications. These include household products like tissue and paper towels, printing paper, and cardboard, as well as products for industrial use.
The lush forests of Idaho provide an abundance of material for the mills that operate throughout our state. The processing of forest trees changes based on the final application of the intended product. For example, trees that will become paper products are chipped and shipped to a milling facility, where workers create pulp. Wood destined for home-building and construction purposes must be cleanly shaved and formed into uniform blocks.
The forest products trade employs a plethora of residents, making it a sound practice for Gem County and Idaho as a whole. From the loggers who bring down the trees to the transportation workers who drive the raw products to our mills, this industry makes a significant impact on our state. Not only does the work itself generate income for those employed by forest companies, but the products themselves draw in additional revenue, both from Idahoans and buyers from around the globe.
After trees are processed through the mills and factories in Idaho, distributors work to provide the products to wholesalers. Wood and paper products from Idaho often travel thousands of miles before reaching their final destination. Our products can be found in homes and businesses around the world. From the walls of the nation’s homes to the drawing pads on our desks, Idaho’s forest industry has a large part to play in producing paper and wood for the masses.
Utilizing trees from our forests is not only an economically sound means of revenue production, but it also helps to keep forest fires under control. According to estimates from the U.S. Forest Service, up to 73% of Idaho’s forest land needs to be restored by thinning areas that have become too dense over time. Using trees to feed our mills helps keep the risk of damaging wildfires to a minimum, while simultaneously bolstering economic prosperity.
We believe forest products are yet another example of a necessary good that Gem County does best. By supporting the establishment and development of mills, logging companies, and distribution centers, we aim to encourage our local population to become involved with the creation of paper and wood products. From the benefit it can provide to our natural habitat to the many revenue sources it generates, forest products are a smart investment for the people who call Gem County home.
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