The Role of the Wood Products Development Council
Established by statute within the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Wood Products Development Council is tasked with supporting and encouraging the practice of sustainable forestry and the manufacture of wood products. The Council works to improve public understanding and appreciation of New York’s forests and forest products, and to direct attention and funding to programs and ventures that sustain existing forest product markets and promote the development of new markets.
Council members are appointed by the Governor and include recommendations from the Senate President, Speaker of the Assembly, Senate Minority Leader, and Assembly Minority Leader. The Council serves as a forum for open discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing New York’s forestry sector. The unique coalition provides the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets with the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of forest industry stakeholders, including loggers, forest landowners, wood product manufacturers, state environmental conservation and economic development agencies, associations representing forest landowners and industries, and members of the public.
Through its cooperative efforts, the Council helps to provide economic, social, and environmental benefits for New York State, while enhancing both the efficacy of government programs and the quality of life in upstate communities.
Increasing the economic contribution of New York’s forest industry helps to generate employment, invigorate the economies of rural communities, and incentivize the sustainable management of the state’s forest resource.
Statutory Priorities and Objectives
The following statutory priorities and objectives are used as a framework to guide the Wood Products Development Council in funding projects and supporting state agency work that achieve these priorities and objectives.
The Council shall give priority to:
- Increasing private investment in working forests;
- Maintaining access to working and family forests;
- Coordinating policy and permitting issues with state agencies, academia and the private sector;
- Working to improve public understanding of and appreciation for forestry and forest products; and;
- Increasing export and market opportunities for New York forest products.
The Council shall fund projects and support state agency work that achieve the following objectives that support the statutory priorities:
- Support expansion and growth of the forest products industry, with particular attention to the wood supply chain;
- Marketing and promotion;
- Defining the value of the forest economy;
- Forest taxation; and;
- Export and market opportunities.
|Agriculture & Markets Designee||Kevin King||NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets|
|Environmental Conservation Designee||Rob Messenger||NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation|
|Economic Development Designee||Jane Thelen||Empire State Development|
|Sawmill Owner||Steve Servies||Gutchess Lumber|
|Secondary Wood Products Manufacturer||Wayne Majuri||International Paper|
|Logger||Doug Handy||A&H Forest Management|
|Maple Syrup Producer||Harry Komrowski||NYS Maple Producers Association|
|Commercial Forest Owner||Mike Hanlon||Cotton-Hanlon, Inc.|
|Nonindustrial Forest Owner||-||-|
|Forest Industry Organization Representative||-||-|
|Statewide Forest Landowners Organization||-||-|
|Non-designated||Maureen Fellows||SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry|
|Non-designated||Ed Wright||Empire State Forest Products Association|