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 If you see information that is incomplete, outdated or incorrect please send that – as well as any relevant links – to [email protected].

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 2.0 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 Executive Order

Alabama State Health Order

Alabama Revised Order – Weight Waiver

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Alaska Alaska Business Statement 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 N/A - Business as usual   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
California California Executive Order  California COVID-19 Response

Letter from the ALC
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Colorado   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 Executive Order

Florida Truck Weight Order

Stay at Home Orders by County

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Georgia Georgia Executive Order Georgia Forestry Letter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Hawaii N/A - Business as usual Hawaii Issues & Advisories Yes Yes Unknown Yes Unknown  
Idaho Idaho Executive Order 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 Executive Order
Maryland Closures Interpretive Guidance
Maryland Essential Business List Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Executive Order Massachusetts Essential Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Michigan Michigan Executive Order michigan.gov/coronavirus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Minnesota Minnesota Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Mississippi Mississippi Executive Order   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Missouri N/A - Business as usual   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Montana   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 N/A - Business as usual   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
New Mexico New Mexico Public Health Order 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 Executive Orders   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: [email protected] 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.
Rhode Island     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
South Carolina

South Carolina Executive Order March 13

South Carolina Executive Order March 15

South Carolina Executive Order March 19

South Carolina Executive Order March 23

Notice of Essential Food and Agricultural Employee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
South Dakota     Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Tennessee Tennessee Executive Order Tennessee Forestry Association Letter to Governor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Texas Texas Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Letter Texas Forestry Association Letter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Utah   Utah Coronavirus Information Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
Vermont Vermont Executive Order Vermont FAQs for Business Yes w/ Limits Yes Yes Yes Yes Regular sawmills are OK, while some specialty mills are not.
State of Vermont Critical Business List
Virginia Virginia Executive OrderVirginia Executive Order Virginia Letter to Governor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Washington Washington Executive Order

Washington

Association Letter to Governor

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 Executive Order West Virginia Forestry - Essential Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Wisconsin Wisconsin Executive Order   Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown  
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.