Illinois may be known for vast prairies and plains, but the forests are also a wonderful part of our state. The very first forestry course ever taught in our nation was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Illinois has a long and rich history with our forests.
- 97% of Illinois forest trees are classified as hardwoods, including some of the most valuable in the nation, such as Black Walnut, Red Oak and Yellow Poplar.
- In the late 1990’s one Black Walnut tree sold for $25,000 in north-central Illinois.
- 75% of Illinois native wildlife requires a forest habitat for some portion of their life.
- There are over 170,000 private forest owners in the state, which makes 82% of Illinois forests owned by private individuals.
- There are over 1,000 Certified American Tree Farmers in the state of Illinois.
- There are nearly 425,000 forested acres spread across the state.
- Illinois is home to 183 Certified Tree USA communities.
Illinois forests provide recreational opportunities, homes for wildlife and employment for many Illinois residents. The benefits of Illinois forests are numerous. Enjoy the beauty and functionality of Illinois forests!