||Inaugural issue released, initially published as a quarterly journal led by the Editor-in-Chief Prof. Dr. Eric J. Jokela.
||Covered by the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)/Web of Science with a first Impact Factor of 1.094. Forests enters the ranking in the category "Forestry" placed 25 out of 60 (Q2), the highest ranking open access journal.
||Published on a monthly basis with the 2013 Impact Factor 1.139.
||Updated Impact Factor for Forests is 1.449.
||2015 Impact Factor Released for Forests is 1.583.
||Professor Timothy A. Martin has been appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of Forests and 2016 Impact Factor Released for Forests is 1.951. Also Forests has instituted a Section Editor-In-Chief structure to spread all submissions to four Sections.
||2017 Impact Factor Released for Forests stands at 1.956.
||The 2018 impact factor increases to 2.116. Forests establishes the topical section Wood Science.
||The impact factor for Forests increased to 2.221 (2019). Forests established the topical section "Genetics and Molecular Biology". The journal was ranked 17/68 (Q1) in the category "Forestry".
||The Impact Factor of Forests increased to 2.634 for the year 2020. The journal was ranked 13/67 (Q1) in the category "Forestry". Forests established two topical sections "Forest Health" and "Forest Operations and Engineering".