forest-based businesses are an important part of
the state’s economy.
Forest-based manufacturing in Vermont provided 12% of the manufacturing payroll
and employed 16% of manufacturing employees.in 2005 (The Economic Importance and Wood Flows From Vermont’s
Forests-2007, NEFA). The industry contributed $1.0 billion in value of shipments to the economy;
9.3% of Vermont’s total manufacturing sales and provides employment for 6,379 people.
Forests also provide the setting for the Vermont tourism industry.
Forest related recreation & tourism provides roughly $485 million per year to the State’s economy.
Helping to maintain a working forested landscape and a forest-based
economy, are the primary goals of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation’s
Forest Product Utilization and Marketing Section. The forest-based economy
supports employment and provides forest landowners with solid financial
returns through planned timber harvesting. A forest-based economy also
promotes value added manufacturing and tourism, and leads to long-term
The Utilization and Marketing Section staff is knowledgeable in the
economic and technical aspects of wood availability and processing-from
the forest to the finished product, including the use of wood for energy.
With the help of many partners, including the Departments of Economic
Development and Public Service, specialists work with the forest industry
and industry associations to help improve competitiveness, through improved
wood utilization, targeted marketing efforts, collection and analysis
of forest resource information, and by providing training opportunities
for industry managers and employees.
The Section publishes a bi-monthly newsletter for the wood using industry,
a number of industry directories, and acts as a local source for publications
related to wood utilization produced by the US Forest Service. Staff
specialists work with US Forest Service personnel to collect and maintain
information on the forest resource in Vermont.
Check the links on the right to learn more about the U&M Section
and the forest products industry in Vermont.