About 60,000 Pennsylvanians make their livelihood in forestry, logging and manufacturing lumber, paper and secondary wood products such as veneer, flooring, furniture, cabinetry and other secondary wood products. This accounts for about 10% of the manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania.
116 billion feet
Pennsylvania has the largest hardwood forest in the United States with 116 billion board feet standing saw timber in 2015. That is more than five times the forest resource in Pennsylvania than 60 years ago?!
Lumber is the greenest building material! If you want to make a difference to the environment, manufacturing lumber costs the environment less than any other raw material and is the only material that is carbon negative after manufacturing.
Wood product jobs are everywhere! Every county in Pennsylvania including Philadelphia has wood product jobs that pay!
The Hardwoods Development Council was created by the legislature in 1988 to promote sustainable forestry and timber access issues, to do domestic and international marketing of Pennsylvania's forest product industry, to promote value-added products, and to educate the public about the importance of the forest resource and the forest products industry. The Council includes 25 persons from government, industry and academia who are committed to growing and improving the Commonwealth's forest products industry. The Council is chaired by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture and offices are located with the Department of Agriculture.
The Pennsylvania WoodMobile is a traveling interactive exhibit that provides information about Pennsylvania's forest resource and its forest products industry. A partnership project of the PA Department of Agriculture, Hardwoods Development Council and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, the WoodMobile travels to schools, county fairs, and weekend festivals to tell the story of sustainable forestry and the importance of the wood products industry to the consumer, the forest land owner, and the environment.