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Maryland's Forest Resources in a Dynamic Enviroment: Assessing the Future Confidence and Sustainability of Maryland's Forest Industry

Bob Tjaden, University of Maryland College Park; Dan Rider MD DNR Forest Service; Elliott Campbell, University of Maryland College Park; Amy Hudson, University of Maryland College Park

Maryland's Forest Resources in a Dynamic EnvironmentThe forest products industry continues to be Maryland's fifth largest manufacturing industry, directly employing more than ten thousand residents with an annual employee compensation of over $600 million. For every forest industry job in Maryland, three additional jobs are created. But the 2008 economic downturn dealt the industry a series of major setbacks as mills closed and operators consolidated their operations.

This comprehensive report documents the results of surveys of forest landowners, loggers, and forest industry owners across Maryland. Participants' responses outlined challenges and opportunities in a post-recession economy, such as fuel costs, emerging bio-energy technology, and market availability.

The report is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) by clicking the link below.

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