How does Maine logging compare to Vermont, N.H, and N.Y.?

agesMore than 60 percent of logging business owners who responded to a survey in Maine, Vermont,New Hampshire and New York were over 50.

In Maine, 80 percent of production is by whole-tree systems compared to only 46 percent in Vermont, and only 7 percent of Maine’s production is by tree-length systems, compared to 34 percent in Vermont.

There was overwhelming support (70 percent of respondents) for entry-level training for in-woods workers. In fact, close to 90 percent of cut-to-length contractors indicated that there was a need for such training compared to 70 percent of whole-tree and tree-length contractors.

Those are just a few of the interesting facts reported in A Survey Of Business Attributes, Harvest Capacity And Equipment Infrastructure Of Logging Businesses In The Northern Forest, recently released by the University of Maine School of Forest Resources.

Jeff Benjamin, associate professor of forest operations, and Bennet Leon, graduate research assistant gathered responses from over 420 contractors. Their survey provides a useful snapshot of the existing logging infrastructure, business owner demographics, harvest methods, production and capacity, and equipment infrastructure in the northeast and a baseline against which to measure change and trends over time through periodic resurveys.

Results of the survey will be presented and discussed by Jeff Benjamin at FRA’s April 4 Maine Forestry Forum. For more information contact Jeffrey Benjamin.