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Appalachia Wood Products

WoodRight Forest Products

Sectors:

Forestry/wood products

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Central Appalachia

Overview:

Small sawmills and woodworking shops — a staple across central Appalachia — have been hit hard by rising overseas competition and the recent economic recession. Early attempts to encourage a viable green construction materials industry in the region fell short of the mark. But a new social enterprise is showing success, by providing a clearinghouse for a network of wood products manufacturers to qualify and supply their products to the flourishing green construction builders in the region and beyond. The decentralized business model offers a win-win for everyone involved — and holds promise for a more sustainable, revitalized forest and wood products sector in the region.

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Banner photo courtesy Miguel.v via Wikimedia Commons