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H.734

Introduced by   Representatives Lawrence of Lyndon, Branagan of Georgia, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Dunsmore of Georgia, Green of Berlin, Hudson of Lyndon, Malcolm of Pawlet, McAllister of Highgate and Randall of Troy

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; forestry; economic development

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the department of forests, parks and recreation to conduct a study of the forest industry in Vermont.

AN ACT RELATING TO A DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS, PARKS AND RECREATION STUDY OF THE FOREST INDUSTRY IN VERMONT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  STUDY OF VERMONT FORESTRY INDUSTRY

The department of forests, parks and recreation, in consultation with the agency of agriculture, food and markets, shall conduct a study of the forestry industry of Vermont and its economic impact on the state.  The department of forests, parks and recreation shall report the results of its study to the general assembly by January 15, 2007.  The report shall include:

(1)  The amount of timber harvested in Vermont annually;

(2)  An estimate of the maximum annual timber harvest that the forest lands of Vermont could support;

(3)  The amount of annual income generated in Vermont by the sale of timber and forest products;

(4)  The amount of Vermont timber and forest products exported annually to other states or Canada for timber, pulp, or paper processing;

(5)  The number of timber, pulp, and paper processing facilities in Vermont and the amount of timber, pulp, and paper processed at these facilities annually;

(6)  Identification of the existing markets for Vermont timber and forest products;

(7)  Identification of potential additional markets for Vermont timber and forest products;

(8)  Recommended economic incentives for the forestry industry, including incentives to support and encourage expansion of timber, pulp, and paper processing facilities in the state; and

(9)  A general assessment of the health and viability of the forest industry in Vermont.

Sec. 2.  APPROPRIATIONS

There is appropriated $50,000.00 from the general fund to the department of forests, parks and recreation for the study required under Sec. 1 of this act.

Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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