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Research Work Unit NRS-4802

Eastern Forest Use in a Global Economy
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Forests in the eastern United States contain over 90% of the nation's total hardwood resource. Nearly 50% of these resources are found within the 13-state region covered by the Northeastern Research Station. The wood products industry depends on these forests for its livelihood. Many rural communities, in turn, are heavily dependent on the wood products industry for jobs, tax revenues, and sustainable development. Attesting to its importance, the Northeastern region accounts for nearly 25% of all wood products manufacturing wages nationwide.

The varied sectors of the eastern hardwood industry are currently facing competitive challenges that require new information and tools for decision-making. Perhaps the most significant change facing the eastern hardwood industry is the increasing globalization of wood product markets and wood product manufacturing. Globalization, and U.S. competitiveness therein, will have a significant impact on the health and well being of the hardwood industry, which in turn affects the management and health of eastern forests.

Research can provide information, analysis, tools, and other assistance to the wood products industry, landowners, government policy makers, and community development specialists, who look to sustain healthy, productive and viable forests and communities within the region. NRS-4802 and its predecessors have been providing relevant research and technology transfer to these client groups for over 30 years.

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