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NO. R-285.  Joint resolution in support of Vermont’s value-added wood products.

(J.R.H.50)

Offered by:  Representatives Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Allaire of Rutland City, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Cross of Winooski, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Dowland of Holland, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Miller of Elmore, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Niquette of Colchester, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rusten of Halifax, Schiavone of Shelburne, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Tracy of Burlington, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, value-added wood product manufacturing in Vermont contributes significantly to the sustainability of Vermont’s economy, especially in rural areas, and

Whereas, the commercial activities resulting in valued-added wood products include the sustainable management that occurs on private woodlands, the felling of trees, the transporting of the raw wood product out of the forest to its initial destination, the storage of the raw wood product at temporary warehousing facilities, the processing of timber in mills, and the production of furniture and fixtures and other value-added wood products, and

Whereas, according to the most recently available data, the value-added wood products industry in Vermont, encompassed over 1,000 companies, employed directly and indirectly more than 18,000 individuals, resulted in annual wages totaling $138 million, and comprised over six percent of all job opportunities in the state, and

Whereas, among the value-added wood products derived from the state’s woodlands, and produced in Vermont, are finished furniture, cabinetry and architectural millwork, birdhouses and birdfeeders, cutlery components, and other household accessories, and

Whereas, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) has established a Vermont Forest Products Council (VFPC) that has issued a strategic plan and blueprint for action to promote value-added forest products, including wood, and

Whereas, VCRD, with the support of the Vermont Congressional Delegation, has applied for a two-year, $1 million federal grant intended to support the new Vermont Quality Wood Brand and to implement other VFPC proposals to promote the state’s value-added forest products, both in the domestic and international markets, and

Whereas, in 2003, the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program awarded a $39,000.00 rural business enterprise grant to the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association to fund its Wood Products Tourism Planning and Technical Assistance Project, and the grant was renewed in the amount of $27,854.00 in 2004, and

Whereas, the project has facilitated the development of factory tours which enhance the sales of Vermont’s value-added wood products through demonstrations of the high quality workmanship involved in their production, and

Whereas, the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) was one of only eight organizations from among over 60 applicants to be awarded a major grant for the Northeast States Research Cooperative to examine the impact of state and regional labeling on product marketing, and

Whereas, the University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies is serving as a research contractor under this grant, and

Whereas, in 2004, the General Assembly appropriated $65,000.00 to the department of tourism and marketing for the Vermont Wood Products Marketing Council to promote the state’s high quality value-added wood products and to help support the second annual Vermont Wood Products Showcase to be held in Woodstock in September 2005, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its strong support for Vermont’s value-added wood products industry, including the expansion of in-state production and efforts to increase the marketing of these outstanding and attractive products, both domestically and internationally, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mary Jeanne Packer, executive director of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, and to Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

 



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