Report : Vermont forest industry worth $3.4 billion

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On Monday, the department released a report it produced with the North East State Foresters Association.

State Forester Steven Sinclair lists some of the products produced by the industry: firewood, lumber, furniture, maple syrup and Christmas trees. The forests also help provide clean water, carbon storage, and wildlife habitat and the forests are the vital backdrop to recreation and tourism in the state.

Sinclair says about 80 of Vermont forest lands are owned by individuals and families.

The report says paper manufacturing was the top forest products sector, followed by wood products manufacturing.

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