RALEIGH –The North Carolina Forestry Association (NCFA) and the N.C Forest Service will recognize the economic contributions of the state’s forest products industry during National Forest Products Week. “In 2020, the forest sector in North Carolina contributed $32.8 billion in industry output to the North Carolina economy,” said NCFA Executive Director John Hatcher. “We celebrate Forest Products Week because of the economic impact, but also because forests are a sustainable, renewable, and recyclable resource.” According to economic contribution data from N.C. State University, the forest products industry in North Carolina was the second largest employer among manufacturing sectors in the state, supporting more than 138,100 jobs in 2020. This included forestry and logging operations, sawmills, furniture mills, and pulp and paper industries. The N.C. Forest Service protects, manages and promotes forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina.