New York State’s forests have long been an important contributor to the State’s economy. Creative investments and changes in policies have the potential to create even more economic growth in today’s forest Markets. In New York’s Tug Hill region the forest has, remains and will have a major role in the region’s rural economy and quality of life. Building on the traditional forest economic sectors and taking advantage of emerging new forest economies is the focus of this white paper – Forests, Forestry and the Forest Products Industry: Opportunities for Creative Investment. Click here for a copy: forestry_paper_FINAL_October_2012
The Tug Hill region is divided among three Regional Economic Development Councils – Central New York (Oswego County); Mohawk Valley (Oneida County); and, North Country (Jefferson and Lewis Counties). This has and will remain an economic reality of the region. So go the economies of the Syracuse, Utica/Rome and Watertown/Fort Drum metro areas so goes a portion of the Tug Hill economic region. As your Regional Economic Development Councils continue to look to investment in existing and new economic sectors, we hope this paper will help to clarify the role that the forest has in your regional economy.
Whether in the primary and secondary markets of forest manufacturing and processing, the tertiary markets of recreation and tourism or the new emerging markets of forest biomass energy and chemicals, the forest remains a staple in the Tug Hill and other rural forest region’s of New York State. We hope this paper helps to bolster this sector and to make its contribution to revitalizing New York’s economy.