Impact of COVID-19 on the Forest Products Industry

As FRA works to provide the latest information on the impact of COVID-19 on the forest products industry, we’ll be updating this information daily each weekday by noon (eastern). We are working to keep this as accurate as possible in a dynamic and evolving situation, and value your help as we work to keep this tool updated. If you see information that is incomplete, outdated or incorrect please send that – as well as any relevant links – to jminor@forestresources.org.

Change to DHS CISA Essential Workforce Document Updated—Provides clarity for supply chain workers.

The Department of Homeland Security has updated the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA Guidance) that identifies essential infrastructure and workers during COVID-19 response. The change provides additional clarity to the critical manufacturing section of the CISA guidance for workers supporting supply chains of essential businesses. Version 3.0 of CISA Guidance document can be found here.

A number of state are issuing declarations on trucking and transportation. This resource can be found here.


The following table and maps indicate whether the following are operating in your state:

Diagonal lines indicate that there has not been an executive order issued but business is operating as usual.

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  Executive Order Other Information  Lumber / Panels Pulp & Paper Logging Pallets Biomass / Pellet Notes
Alabama Alabama (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

Alabama State Health Order

Alabama Revised Order – Weight Waiver

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Alaska

Alaska (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

Alaska Health Mandates Yes Yes No  Yes No  Alaska does not have Pulp & Paper, and Pallet facilities.
Arizona   Arizona DHS Information Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Arkansas

Arkansas (Non-essential businesses remain open)

Information on Hauling Weights – Arkansas Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
California California Executive Order  California COVID-19 Response

Letter from the ALC
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Colorado Colorado (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open) Colorado DPHE Information Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Connecticut Connecticut Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Delaware     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Florida

Florida (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

Florida Truck Weight Order

Stay at Home Orders by County

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Georgia

Georgia (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

Georgia Forestry Letter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Hawaii N/A - Business as usual Hawaii Issues & Advisories Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown  
Idaho

Idaho (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

Idaho COVID-19 FAQ

Idaho Essential Critical Workforce Request – Idaho

Letter to Governor

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Illinois Illinois Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Indiana Indiana Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Iowa     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Kansas     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Kentucky Kentucky Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Louisiana Louisiana Stay at Home Order Louisiana Department of Ag. and Forestry Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Maine Maine Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Maryland

Maryland

Maryland Essential Business List Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Executive Order Massachusetts Essential Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Michigan Michigan (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open) michigan.gov/coronavirus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Minnesota

Minnesota (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Mississippi Mississippi (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Missouri

Missouri (Non-essential businesses allowed to open on May 4)

  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Montana

Montana (All non-essential businesses allowed to open on May 4)

Letter to Governor Bullock

Montana Coronavirus Task Force
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Nebraska     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Nevada   Nevada Health Response Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
New Hampshire New Hampshire Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
New Jersey New Jersey (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico Dept. of Health Update Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
New York New York Executive Orders Empire State Forest Products Association Update Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes www.esfpa.org 
North Carolina

North Carolina

  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking input from businesses who believe they qualify to be exempt from a shelter in place order, in the event that such an order has to be put in place. If you have good reason to believe your business should be exempt from such an order then please email: beoc@ncdps.gov. NCFA is requesting their members mention that the forest products industry was designated as essential by DHS in their requests. 

  • The following documents are to be used as a method to notify law enforcement or anyone else that people carrying them are involved in the critical and essential industry of agriculture:

Notice of Essential Food and Agriculture Employee

Notice to Law Enforcement Communi

North Dakota     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Ohio Ohio Stay at Home Order from Governor Ohio Information Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Oklahoma     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Oregon Oregon Executive Order Oregon Business Letter to Governor

Oregon Coronavirus Information
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Industry Guidance Pennsylvania Industry Guidance

Letter from the ALC
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Kitchen cabinet manufacturers need to apply for waivers. Please apply here.

Employers are now required to provide masks and screen all employees for their temperature if a co-worker has been exposed to the virus.

Rhode Island     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
South Carolina South Carolina (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open) Notice of Essential Food and Agricultural Employee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
South Dakota     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Tennessee Tennessee (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open) Tennessee Forestry Association Letter to Governor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Texas Texas (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open) Texas Forestry Association Letter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Utah

Utah (Includes re-opening plan)

Utah Coronavirus Information Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Vermont Vermont (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open) Vermont FAQs for Business Yes w/ Limits Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virginia

Virginia

Virginia Letter to Governor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Washington Washington (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

Association Letter to Governor

Washington Lifts Construction Ban

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

While the Dept. of Commerce has stated it is not necessary to have a letter or pass when conducting essential business and activities, some companies and industries are using a template letter anyway.  Below are two version, one from the WA State Farm Bureau, and another more detailed template for your convenience:

WA Farm Bureau Stay Home Template

WFPA Stay Home Exemption Template

West Virginia

West Virginia (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)

West Virginia Forestry - Essential Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Wisconsin Wisconsin (Some non-essential businesses beginning to open)   Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming COVID-19 Information Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  


The Council of State Governments has put together a list of all recent COVID-19 related updates released by all state governments. This resource can be found here.

Quick Reference Guide State Level Shelter-in-Place Orders and Essential Services Provisions is available here.