Illinois Forestry Development Council

Illinois is home to 4.9 million acres of forest land.

About the Council

The Illinois Forestry Development Council, through its charge to study and evaluate the forest resources and forest industry of Illinois, determines the:

  1. Magnitude, nature, extent, and ownership of Illinois’s forest resources,
  2. Uses, benefits, and ecosystem services our forest resource provides,
  3. Economic development, increasing employment, and management opportunities relating to the forest/wood products industry,
  4. Staffing and funding needs for state-wide forestry programs and support,
  5. Forestry education and outreach programs, and
  6. Soil, water, and wildlife habitat benefits of forestry practices.

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