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The Economic Importance of New York's Forests

This report is an update of a series of similar reports that have been published for the State of New York by the North East State Foresters Association since the early 1990s.The goal is to capture the economic value of the forest-based economy of the State and provide analyses of trends for key economic indicators.

The sectors covered in this report include:

  • Forestry and logging
  • Related trucking
  • Wood products manufacturing
  • Wood furniture and related products manufacturing
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Wood energy
  • Forest-based recreational economy that includes camping, hiking, downhill/cross country skiing, snowmobiling, fall foliage viewing, and wildlife viewing.

Additional discussions in this report compare to past reports, include use of economic multipliers to give a truer picture of the forest-based economy, carbon content of the forests of New York and the relationship of ecosystem services to the forest-based economy.

Data for this report come from federal, state and private sources. For a full list of sources, please see the end of this report.

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