Forest Economic Development

  • Michael Mason, Division Chief
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)
  • Division of Forest Resources, One Natural Resource Way
  • Springfield, IL 62702-1271
  • Phone: (217) 785-8774
  • Fax: (217) 785-2438
  • TDD: (217) 782-9175
  • Email:
  • Website:

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of this program is to promote primary and secondary forest product utilization, encourage forest industry growth and provide necessary resource information to industries seeking to locate or expand operations in Illinois.

Who is Eligible

In Illinois, timber buyers must be licensed by the Department of Natural Resources and must be bonded. No professional qualifications are needed to obtain a timber buyer’s license. Individuals or firms must complete an application form, satisfy the bonding

Application Process

Annual license by calendar year.

Availability of Funds


How Funds are to be used

Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance, Referral

Year Program was established