Forest Products Week

The third Sunday thru the following Saturday in October is National Forest Products Week, proclaimed each October to increase public awareness of the variety of forest products we enjoy and depend on.

What do lumber, paper, lipstick, perfume and alternative energy have in common? These diverse products are all derived from trees!

While lumber and paper products are familiar commodities used every day, thousands of products such as lipstick and perfume utilize chemical ingredients from trees. Trees provide environmental and health benefits, such as shade, cleaner air, and cleaner water. Industry leaders are optimistic about research that shows "biomass" from trees could be a viable energy alternative to fossil fuels.

[ Footnote: In 1960, a Congressional Joint Resolution by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed Public Law 86-753 which provided for the establishment of an annual 7-day National Forest Products Week beginning on the third Sunday in October]