DEEP: CT Grown Forest Products

Connecticut Grown Forest Products
 
Locally and sustainably grown forest produces are now included in the Department of Agriculture's
Connecticut Grown Program.
 
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The Connecticut Grown Program came into being in 1986, with the introduction of the now familiar green and blue logo to identify agricultural products grown in the state.  Over the past two decades, the popularity of this program has increased greatly, as consumers have come to know this logo and appreciate the value of locally grown agricultural products.
 
 
On January 1, 2011, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Department of Agriculture (DOA) reached an historic agreement to include products from Connecticut's forests in this widely known program.
 
Under Connecticut's laws, the practice of forestry is defined as agriculture, Section 1-1(q).  The forest products that result from well managed forests are an integral part of Connecticut's agricultural heritage.  Products from the forest include:
  • lumber
  • beams
  • flooring
  • high quality wood building materials
  • witch hazel
  • firewood
  • landscape mulch
  • maple syrup
  • fencing 
And, since the wood from the trees is then used in the manufacture of additional items, the list of products from Connecticut's forests also includes items as wide ranging as:
  • fine furniture
  • wooden bowls
  • unusual specialty items such as tall ships masts and wooden boat timber
 
Connecticut's forest products play a key role in the state's economic viability.  According to a report by the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics at the University of Connecticut, in 2007, Connecticut's forest products industry contributed at least $250 million to Connecticut's economy annually and provided employment for thousands of its residents.  Increasing the level of economic activity in and around the forests and improving the economic viability of the local forest products industry through the Connecticut Grown Program will help create local jobs and expand the state's economy overall.
 
By purchasing Connecticut Grown Forest Products, consumers will also have the opportunity to make a strong statement in support of forests, particularly those owned by private forestland owners.  Private forestland owners own 85% of the forests in Connecticut.  The increased economic value of products from local forests will provide private landowners and communities additional incentives for keeping their forests as forest and not converting the land to other uses.  Further, requirements within the program will assure that "Connecticut Grown" forests are managed in a sustainable and responsible manner.
 
The Connecticut Grown Program also recognizes the value of the hardworking trees in our cities and towns.  Wood products from urban trees qualify for labeling under this program, if the trees were removed as part of a sustainable urban forestry program.
 
Indeed, sustainability is a key component of the Connecticut Grown Program for all forest products, whether they come from and urban forest, a rural forest or somewhere in between.  Forest Products derived from landclearing to convert forest land to another use is not acceptable.
 
How to become involved:
Prospective participants must fill out an application provided by the DEEP Division of Forestry and DOA.  Upon approval, participants must provide evidence of compliance with the program requirements including documentation tracing the origin of the raw material to a Connecticut urban or rural forest.
 
To learn more about Connecticut Grown expanding to include
Forest Products contact the DEEP Division of Forestry at 860-424-3630 or deep.forestry@ct.gov.
 
Content last updated June 27, 2012.