This week is National Forest Products week, which recognizes the contributions the forest products industry makes to the environment and to the local, state and national economy. “Most American’s don’t realize that Forest products are a part of daily life. From buildings, bridges, and paper, to energy, chemicals and even jobs, our society depends on trees to provide for us.” (USDA Blog).
Appalachian Designs is proud to be a part of the forest products industry in Western North Carolina, and to support the Root Cause Initiative in bringing greater awareness of the importance of sustainable forestry and forest products to our region.
President Obama issued the annual Presidential Proclamation which officially proclaims National Forest Products Week. In his 2013 proclamation the President notes, “Our Nation’s forests are essential to our lasting prosperity and to who we are as a people. These natural wonders provide clean air and water for our communities and abundant habitats for wildlife, as well as building materials for our homes, and jobs and recreation for workers and families across our country. During National Forest Products Week, we celebrate the sustainable uses of America’s forests and the important contributions they make to our economy and our national life…I call on the people of the United States to join me in recognizing the dedicated individuals who are responsible for the stewardship of our forests and for the preservation, management, and use of these precious natural resources for the benefit of the American people” (read the full proclamation here).