Forest Products and Markets

We all know that trees provide many useful products: lumber for building construction, furniture, paneling, cabinetry, and flooring, as well as paper of all sorts. But tree products go far beyond wood and paper. You might be surprised at just how many tree products you use every day, and where they are found. In fact, wood products are so prevalent that each American uses an estimated 100-foot tree’s worth each year.

Forestry is Virginia’s third leading industry, generating more than $21 billion and employing more than 108,000 people. Forest products and markets for those products support rural economies across the state and are vital to helping landowners keep their land in forest. Ensuring that forest landowners have a financial incentive to maintain, manage, and protect their forests helps sustain Virginia’s forestland. Surveys show that most landowners do not own forestland primarily for timber income, but any significant conversion of forestland to another land use happens for financial reasons. The more forest products we use as a society, the more options landowners have to generate income when they need it and the less incentive they have to convert their forest to another land use. And, tax revenue from Virginia forest products tax helps fund reforestation.

Virginia’s forest products industry benefits from today’s informed consumers, who often look to buy local Virginia-Grown forest products and want to know they are buying forest-related products that were grown, harvested, and processed sustainably (forest certification).

Trees support clean air and water, and provide robust habitat and economic benefits; forest markets are essential to sustaining well-managed forests.

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Additional Resources

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Forest Certification
Forest CertificationP00206

Brochure provides an overview of forest certification, first steps, forest certification costs, types of certification, certification benefits, certification options, and program specific references. Printed copies available.

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From Trees to Products - We Depend on Trees for Many Everyday Products
From Trees to Products – We Depend on Trees for Many Everyday ProductsFT0034

Forestry topic information sheet provides information about the products we get from trees, including solid wood products, wood pulp products and products from other tree parts.

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Potential Value-added Products from Wildfire Fuel Mitigation Projects in Eastern Virginia
Potential Value-added Products from Wildfire Fuel Mitigation Projects in Eastern VirginiaP00120

This report presents the conclusions of a study, which was initiated to examine the feasibility of increasing the utilization of small diameter (1 – 9 inches) and low-value timber to create economic opportunities in eastern Virginia, while reducing wildfire risks in the Suburban/Rural Interface. The desired results will be to generate interest from current industries that wish to expand operations, attract new entrepreneurs, and inform interested parties of the potential economic advantages of utilizing these materials.

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Serving 2.0 Veterans in the Urban Forest - Success Stories
Serving 2.0 Veterans in the Urban Forest – Success StoriesFT0038

Forestry topic information sheet provides success stories relating to veterans finding opportunity with urban wood to serve our communities again through their small forestry businesses.

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The Future of Woodcrafting - Success Stories
The Future of Woodcrafting – Success StoriesFT0053

Forestry topic information sheet discusses the future of woodworking, including success stories in development of wood technology training and programs in schools.

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The Value of Virginia's Forests
The Value of Virginia’s ForestsP00100

Brochure summarizes the economic impact of agriculture and forestry in Virginia, as reported in the full report “The Economic Impact of Agriculture and Forestry on the Commonwealth of Virginia” published by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

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Trees with a Future - Success Stories
Trees with a Future – Success StoriesFT0037

Forestry topic information sheet provides success stories relating to veterans finding opportunity with urban wood to serve our communities again through their small forestry businesses.

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Virginia Grown Forest Products Program Promotional Materials Order
Virginia Grown Forest Products Program Promotional Materials Order11.01Viewmarketing-and-utilization

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