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By Mark Kelly
The forest products industry has long been important to Alabama, and the evolution of the industry is ensuring it will continue to play a vital role in the state’s economy.
“As an industry, forest products is evolving,” said Gary Faulkner. “It’s an exciting time, with new technologies, products, sustainable resources, geographical market shifts and other factors creating opportunities for all segments of the industry. But, at the end of the day, everything still revolves around resources – and we have the resources and the business climate to ensure that the forest products industry continues to thrive in Alabama.”
Faulkner is the forest economic development specialist for the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), the state agency that manages, protects and educates the public about forest resources. His enthusiastic view of the industry’s future in Alabama is shared by Brian Via, Regions Bank professor and director of the Forest Products Development Center at Auburn University.
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