phil scott forestry

The first annual Vermont Forest Industry Summit had an impressive turnout of attendees from across the state including Governor Phil Scott, who signed into law two bills that will provide important relief to the forest products industry.

Following a brief address to the crowd of some 140 attendees, the Governor signed into law S.101 and S.276.

“There’s a lot to celebrate and a lot to look forward to in the work ahead connecting those who earn their living from the working forest and that’s what’s important – having these conversations and having connections that will grow the industry which will help our economy as well as the environment and our public health,” said Governor Scott. “My administration and the legislature look forward to supporting an enhanced working forests in our state.”

S.101 is an act relating to the conduct of forestry operations and S.276 is an act that enacts or amends provisions related to rural economic development, forestry, and agriculture. Both will positively impact Vermont’s forest products industry.

“We are pleased the governor was able to join the Vermont Forest Industry Summit to sign two pieces of legislation important to the industry,”said Christine McGowen, Forest Products Program Director for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. “The Summit launches the Vermont Forest Industry Network, which brings together people and businesses from throughout the forest and wood products supply chain to address market challenges and create new market opportunities.”

Central to Vermont’s culture and economy, non-recreation forest-based manufacturing and indirect output is $1.4 billion, supporting more than 10,000 jobs annually. The first annual Vermont Forest Industry Summit brought Vermont’s forest and wood products industry together to network, discuss challenges and opportunities for the future, and learn from local, regional and national experts.

The Vermont Forest Industry Summit was hosted by the Working Lands Enterprise Board’s Forestry Committee, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and forest and wood product industry partners, and was held at Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center in East Burke on June 28-29. The full agenda can be viewed online at www.vsjf.org.