Approximately 19,000 acres of forest is harvested for commercial timber annually. About 40% is red oak. White pine accounts for about 14% of sawtimber harvested every year, while hemlock is the third most harvested at 13%.
“We have such a beautiful stand of hardwoods in this state because [the forests] were clear cut. We have some of the best red oak in the world: there’s rich mineral soil here.”
~ Larry Stevens, certified forester, 2012