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Forestry in Massachusetts
Did you know that Massachusetts is 70% forested? A naturally diverse landscape with commercially desirable species, Massachusetts is home to hardwoods (birch, beech, maple, oak and hickory), conifers (spruce and fir), and white pine. Yet only 6% of our state’s wood use is met by wood sourced within our borders. In fact, 98% of our logs are shipped out of state to be processed – never to return again. As a result, money that would have come from value-added processing does not circulate in our local economy, representing a major loss in jobs and revenue.
It’s important to understand that our forests are an abundant natural resource that can be used to grow our local economy. Many of our trees can be manufactured into valuable products, including hardwood flooring, furniture, paneling, mulch, and pulpwood to name just a few. Purchasing Massachusetts wood products such as these not only supports local businesses, it connects us with the land and helps us understand the significance of responsibly managing it. It’s true that properly managed harvests can create beautiful, multipurpose forests that help drive the economy, add scenic value, preserve the environment’s water and habitats, and provide recreational opportunities.
The many benefits of supporting local forest based businesses and maintaining a healthy forest landscape are invaluable.
So how can you reap these benefits? Simple. Look for the seal of Commonwealth Quality.