Feeling stumped: Despite rebounding downstream markets, less outsourcing will inhibit growth

IBISWorld’s Forest Support Services market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Reduced demand for support services threatens to prompt this industry into decline
  • The resurgence of the mountain pine beetle has bolstered demand for pest control services
  • Slow, but steady revenue losses will continue, signaling the long-term decline of this industry

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Despite rising residential construction, downstream markets are weaning their reliance on support services, causing the industry to grow sluggishly over the five years to 2017. Moving forward, forest support service providers are expected to generate some revenue from outsourced firefighting and pest control operations; however, this trend will be insufficient to offset reduced demand from primary private markets. In addition, increasing vertical integration by key downstream markets will threaten the industry over the next five years. As a result, slow but steady revenue losses are expected to continue, signaling the long-term decline of this industry...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Forest Support Services industry has a very low level of market share concentration, with the top four companies in the industry accounting for less than 5.0% of industry revenue. The Forest Support Services industry is highly fragmented, with the vast majority of companies operating from a single location and providing support services to timber companies and loggers within their immediate geographic location. In fact, nonemployers, or single-person operators, account for 88.9% of companies in the industry. The majority of remaining operators employ less than four people. IBISWorld expects concentration to remain low through 2022.


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    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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    Industry Products

    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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    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 competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Forest Support Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Forest Support Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Price of sawmill lumber (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    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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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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