Summary: This project has specifically assembled and surveyed, in both focus group and written forms, relevant stakeholders in the Massachusetts’ forest products industry production and distribution chain. These groups include: forest landowners, foresters, loggers, sawmills, and wholesalers. Barriers to increased levels of harvest, production and sales of Massachusetts’ underutilized species have been identified. Gap analyses, comparing responses of adjacent members of the production and distribution chain, has been performed to highlight and quantify mis-perceptions regarding hurdles to increased production and sales.
Finding and removing barriers to sustainable harvest and primary processing
of Massachusetts native woods (PDF)