Alabamians benefit from forests in so many ways. Over 170,000 work in the forest industry, over 400,000 own forestland, and 800,000 hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Even with the continued expansion of other industries in the Alabama, the forest products industry remains one of the most important in terms of sales and employment. The economic importance of forestry in Alabama was summarized by in a 1995 report
. The economic impact of forestry decisions is important to landowners and the communities that depend on the many benefits of forestland.