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Alternative Forest Businesses

Approximately 55 percent of Rhode Island is forested, however this resource is being lost and fragmented by intense development pressure. Due to the small size, low productivity, and short ownership tenure of forested parcels in Rhode Island, the production of traditional wood products often isn't feasible. Alternative uses may be an option for landowners who wish to actively manage their property and may provide an additional incentive for large landowners to retain their land. Managing for Alternative Forest Uses may provide new ways for landowners to generate income; at least enough to pay property taxes and may have the potential to develop into a small business. This complements other DEM programs, preventing fragmentation of forestland and promotes sustainability, and is meeting the needs of the current population without compromising the resource for future generations.

For more information contact: Fern Graves