Survey Definitions

The following are some important definitions that helped frame the responses to the survey.

  • Forest economy: the economic system and interrelated connections of Vermont’s forests with the consumers, producers, and providers of forest products and forest-based services and uses.
  • Forest products sector: economic sub-sector that includes forest products enterprises and wood products manufacturers.
    Forest products enterprises: businesses primarily engaged as forestry service providers or operators (including harvesting and trucking of forest products) and forest or wood product manufacturers, craftspeople, brokers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, etc.
  • Wood products manufacturers: businesses that produce a value-added physical and tangible good or product through special manufacturing, marketing, crafting, or processing forest or primary wood products.
  • Working forests: refers to forestland managed for the purpose of producing forest products, goods, and services, including the intangible public benefits provided by those forestlands such as aesthetics, contributions to the outdoor recreation and tourism sectors, and exemplifying the ecological, community, and land values of Vermonters.
  • Forest product (10 V.S.A. § 2602): logs; pulpwood; veneer; bolt wood; wood chips; stud wood; poles; pilings; biomass; fuel wood; maple sap; or bark.