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A week to celebrate in Wisconsin what the forests provide

Bouquets and Barbs

Bouquet: Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed the third week in October — which this year starts Sunday — as Forest Products Week in Wisconsin. The week recognizes the people who work in and care for the forests, the businesses that create forest products and the many ways forest products contribute to people’s lives.

“Forest products contribute $24.3 billion annually to the state’s economy,” said Collin Buntrock, forest products team leader with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Additionally, our forests directly provide more than 63,000 jobs for Wisconsin residents with a payroll of $4.2 billion. In fact, forestry is the number one employer in seven counties, and every forestry job supports 1.7 additional jobs in the state.”

Along with celebrating the positive effect Wisconsin’s forest products sector has on the state’s economy, Forest Products Week recognizes the myriad forest products ingrained in daily lives.

“From paper products such as food packaging, fine writing paper and tissue paper, to lumber used for homes and furniture, the products made by the more than 1,200 forest products companies in Wisconsin help make our life better,” Buntrock said. “Emerging forest products such as mass timber, nanocellulose and biochemicals are beginning to unlock innovative uses for wood that may help the state’s industry diversify in the future.”

Forest Products Week also salutes the people who care for the 17 million acres of forests in Wisconsin.

“Sustainable forestry is key to maintaining Wisconsin’s forest-based economy,” Buntrock said. “While 31% of Wisconsin’s forests are owned by county, state and federal governments, the 57% of the forestland owned by about 391,000 individuals and families supplies a majority of the wood used by Wisconsin’s forest products industry to make the products we use every day.”

Buntrock’s team of forest products specialists helps Wisconsin’s forest industry build and maintain strong markets while ensuring that forests remain a vital part of the state’s economy and culture for future generations.

For more, go to the state DNR’s website, dnr.wi.gov.

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