New Jersey has about 2 million acres of forested lands, covering 42 percent of the state. Despite being the most densely populated state in the country, New Jersey’s forests are larger than Rhode Island.
Only 775,000 acres, however, are owned and managed by the state, since 62 percent of the state’s forest are privately owned. There are more than 300 tree farms in New Jersey. Roughly 70 percent of the Highlands region is forested and over 1 million acres in the Pinelands is considered forest.