Maryland’s Economic Adjustment Strategy (EAS) Summary Report Now Available 

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by Daniel Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner, and Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Many might be surprised to learn, despite the state’s diminutive size, that wood and wood/forest products are big business in Maryland. 

In 2016, according to one measure, the forest products sector contributed 16,500 jobs and $3.86 billion to the Maryland economy (EAS Summary, page 2).  

Paradoxically, forestry—the harvesting of trees and manufacture of wood products—also promotes conservation by showing landowners that growing trees is an economically viable alternative to development. 

Unfortunately, forestry has been declining in Maryland in recent years. The closing of the 131-year-old Luke paper mill in Allegany County in 2019, with its loss of 675 jobs, shows the cost of this downward trend to rural Maryland communities.  

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Maryland Forests Association Survey Helps Develop a Free Directory of Maryland Forest Products and Services

Planning in Progress

Did you know that the forest industry is the fifth largest industry in Maryland? It provides more than 18,000 jobs to people across the state. Maryland’s forests supply wood for homes, furniture, fiber, paper products, and more. It’s time to highlight this essential industry!

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