Green is good: Slow but steady revenue losses threaten to push this industry into decline

Demand for the Forest Support Services industry depends on the level of forestry activity in downstream industries and on these markets' propensity to outsource operations to auxiliary companies. Forestry activity has been on the rise due to strong residential construction growth and renewed demand for lumber over the five years to 2018. The industry is highly fragmented due to the vast majority of companies being nonemployers contracted on a seasonal basis. Timber tract and logging operators have been relying less on support services over the previous decade, undercutting demand and profitability for industry establishments and causing them to further fragment...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is highly fragmented due to the vast majority of companies being nonemployers
  • Other trends such as falling oil prices have helped keep profit margins acceptable
  • Despite renewed demand for lumber across construction markets, demand for the industry will grow sluggishly
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The Forest Support Services industry provides a range of services to forestry operators and loggers. These include forest research and consulting, forest pest control and firefighting, and timber resource estimation and reforestation services.Forest research and consultingForest science research is the industry's largest service offering and it covers a range of issues, from conservation biology to sustainable forest management and the protection of wildlife and waterways. Forest science research typically involves measuring timber's rate of growth and yield. Furthermore, industry operators measure soil biology and nutrient cycling to optimize timber growth. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Forest Support Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Forest Support Services Industry are

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Appropriate physical growing conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Housing starts and Price of sawmill lumber in the Forest Support Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Forest Support Services Industry?

    Operators in this industry assist downstream timber and logging operators in timber valuation, forestry economics and forest protection. Key support activities include the estimation of timber, forest firefighting, forest pest control and reforestation. Companies may also provide clients with consultation and research services.

    Industry Products
  • Forest research and consulting
  • Forest firefighting and pest control
  • Timber resource estimating and mapping
  • Industry Activities
  • Forest research and consulting
  • Forest firefighting and pest control
  • Timber resource estimation and reforestation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Housing starts
  • Price of sawmill lumber
  • Government consumption and investment
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Sluggish demand
  • Forest fires and pine beetles
  • Profit and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry services circumscribed
  • Changing service mix and declining profit
  • Table: Forest Support Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Forest Support Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Timber Services
  • Logging
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Aircraft, Marine & Railroad Transportation Equipment Wholesaling
  • Automobile Wholesaling
  • Computer Stores
  • Farm Supplies Wholesaling
  • Farm, Lawn & Garden Equipment Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Forest research and consulting
  • Forest firefighting and pest control
  • Timber resource estimating and mapping
  • Chart: Forest Support Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Timber tract operators
  • Logging businesses
  • Government clients
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Forest Support Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Forest Support Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Forest Support Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Forest Support Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Forest Support Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Price of sawmill lumber (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Forest Economics
  • Analysis of the supply, demand, price and volume of forest products and services, and the impact of these factors on the environment, downstream users and forestry industries.
  • Lumber
  • Refers to timber that has been cut (typically through logging) and is at any stage of the manufacturing process.
  • Reforestation
  • Involves the replanting of forest seedlings and restocking of existing forests that have been depleted, usually by logging.
  • Timber
  • Refers to standing wood (with a trunk) ready to be harvested for use in construction and other applications.
  • Wood Technology
  • Methods and systems implemented to increase the efficiency of wood and wood products across a wide range of functions (e.g. building materials and furniture manufacturing).
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