Governor Gianforte Announces State Trust Land Hits Annual Timber Production Target

Expands managed acres amidst industry compression

Governor's Office
  • October 05 2023

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) today announced the State of Montana reached its annual sustainable timber yield target for Montana’s State Trust Land, reinforcing the state’s timber industry and forest management goals.

“Creating healthier, more resilient Montana forests through active management is one of our top priorities, and DNRC continues to deliver results for the people of Montana,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Reaching our timber production goals means reduced wildfire risk, improved forest health, and greater predictability and certainty for the wood products industry.”

During the state fiscal year 2023, DNRC successfully sold 52 million board feet of timber, generating over $8 million in revenue for Montana schools and other endowed institutions.

Over 13,000 acres of Montana State Trust Land were placed under active forest management ensuring improved forest health, biological diversity, and reduced wildfire risk.

State Trust Land represents four percent of statewide timber ownership and consistently contributes 15 to 20% of Montana’s total timber production, this year reaching the annual sustainable yield goal by offering 62.5 million board feet.

“DNRC’s commitment to responsible forest management has led to exceptional outcomes,” said Forest Management Bureau Chief Dan Rogers, who oversees the management of forest resources on State Trust Land. “Montana’s State Trust Land serves as a vital source for regional forest products, and we're proud to provide a steady supply of timber while supporting local economies.”

Despite national compression of timber industry markets and fewer loggers and contractors, DNRC is committed to the consistent achievement of its sustainable timber yield goal and its target generated revenue.

Increasing the pace and scale of forest management to improve forest health, boost wildlife habitat, and create good-paying Montana jobs is a key element of the governor’s Montana Comeback Plan.