Forest Industry

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The oldest land-based industry in New Hampshire


The forest-products industry is the oldest land-based industry in New Hampshire, dating back to 1634 when the state sent its first cargo of masts to England for the Royal Navy. Today, forests cover 84 percent of the Granite State, and, as a renewable resource, add much to the state and regional economy.

The annual value of output of New Hampshire’s forest-products industry totals nearly $1.4 billion. When accounting for the ripple-effect on the rest of the economy, estimates reach as high as $2.4 billion in economic output. Forest-based recreation adds another $1.4 billion.

Approximately 7,756 workers work in the forest products sectors, including 1,200 loggers, 500 foresters and 800 truckers. Another 10,800 jobs support the forest recreation economy.

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Andy Fast
Forest Industry Specialist
(603)841-6544
andrew.fast@unh.edu

 


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A NH Forest Products Markets Update webinar took place on August 29, 2023. Experts representing a range of New Hampshire Forest products markets spo... Learn More
A NH Forest Products Markets Update webinar took place on August 29, 2023. Experts representing a range of New Hampshire Forest products markets spo... Learn More
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Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire, last published in 2010, is being revised. Hel... Learn More

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A crop tree is a “healthy, vigorous, well-formed tree of desired species on the right site that meets landowner goals and objectives” (Jim Frohn, 2020... Learn More
When air-drying green lumber a specified period of time or holding green inventory long enough for loss of value to occur, it is recommended to place ... Learn More
This information sheet is in response to questions concerning how remuneration is specified in a contract for timber harvests. This document was devel... Learn More
UNH Cooperative Extension, UNH Brewing Laboratory, and Seguin-Moreau conducted research on important chemical characteristics in white oak (Quercus al... Learn More
New Hampshire employs over 7,000 workers in the forest industry. This encompasses diverse positions in different sectors with varied skill sets. Fores... Learn More
Introduction

Andy Fast, Extension Forest industry Specialist, engaged in a unique study looking at the suitability of white oak grown i... Learn More