The forests of the Rensselaer Plateau support a local forest economy which produces forest products such as hard and soft wood lumber, fire wood and maple syrup. The forest products industry adds more than 9 million dollars to the local economy each year and creates over 96 jobs.
Working forests help keep the land in forest by providing income to landowners which helps reduce the economic pressure to sell their land for development. This means the forests will continue to provide other benefits such as clean water, habitat for wildlife, recreational opportunities, scenic beauty and hunting and fishing.
You can support the benefits that forests provide and the local economy by buying local forest products.