November 16, 2011
COUNCIL RELEASES VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
Effects of Forest Stimulus Awards on WNC Forest Products Industry
Asheville, NC – Land-of-Sky Regional Council (LOSRC) Chair Letta Jean Taylor announced the release of “WNC Forestry Success Stories,” a video highlighting the success of the WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project. The project provided funds and technical assistance to 15 local businesses and organizations to produce jobs and stimulate the economy of Western North Carolina (WNC). The business support was made possible by a $1.974 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) stimulus grant through the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station to LOSRC. The project generated jobs by helping forest producers improve their forest products marketing and production methods.
“This has been a win-win partnership with Land-of-Sky and Western North Carolina communities. The forest industry has been severely impacted by the economy and this project has led to over 160 jobs for under-or unemployed forest producers,” said USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station Assistant Director Susan Fox. “I believe these projects are creating momentum for the forest products industry and the economy of Western North Carolina.”
“We have some of the most productive forests in the country and it is important that we use that asset wisely to support the economies of our rural communities,” said Chairwoman Taylor. “This project has given us an opportunity to use our renewable forest resources to bring back jobs lost in the economic downturn.”
WNC Forestry Success Stories showcases the diverse group of forest enterprises participating in the Western North Carolina Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project. The companies have used the funds to expand and diversify their businesses. Partner organizations have provided one-on-one technical assistance, marketing analysis, training, and critical business support. WNC Forestry Success Stories and information about the project, businesses, and partner organizations can be found here: www.wncforestproducts.org
Turner HD Media was selected through a competitive process to develop creative materials for marketing, training, and outreach to promote the forest industry in WNC. They worked closely with Caroline Edwards and Dr. Jeanine Davis at the NCSU Department of Horticultural Science to create the video, which will be used as marketing materials for the businesses and region. An eBook is also being created focusing on production and marketing of timber and non-timber forest products in WNC.
LOSRC is a non-profit, voluntary association of local governments that manages regional projects and provides services to its members in the areas of planning, economic and community development since 1966. Learn more about the Land-of-Sky Regional Council at: www.landofsky.org
The Southern Research Station is comprised of more than 120 scientists who conduct natural resource research in 20 locations across 13 southern states (Virginia to Texas). The Station’s mission is “…to create the science and technology needed to sustain and enhance southern forest ecosystems and the benefits they provide.” Learn more about the Southern Research Station at: http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/.
The Western NC Report Card on Forest Sustainability available. On October 12, 2011 the USDA Forest Service unveiled the publication and is posted online at www.wncforestreportcard.org and is also available in print format. The Report Card is a cooperative effort between UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) and the Forest Service and demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of economic, ecological, biological, and social information relevant to the region.
A reception was held October 18, 2011 at UNC Asheville Ramsey Library to celebrate WNC Forest Research and Sustainability. The evening highlighted the Report Card, role of the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in forest sustainability, and acknowledged the Land-of-Sky Regional Council for administration of the WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project. Jim Fox, NEMAC, and Erica Anderson, LOSRC, accepted gifts and a certificate of appreciation from Susan Fox, Assistant Director for Research at the Forest Service’s Southern Research Station, and Danny Lee, Director of the Forest Service’s Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center. The event also unveiled the Forest Products video created by Turner HD Media which focused on the economic development and sustainability of forest-based businesses that resulted from the project. The video will be posted here soon!
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