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In recognition of National Forest Products Week, Oct. 16-22, the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is celebrating the sustainable benefits of wood materials and their important role in the U.S. economy.

The wood products and forestry industry supports more than 575,000 direct jobs and contributes nearly $1 billion in state and local taxes annually. And with the global marketplace for green building materials expected to reach $529 billion by 2020, support is growing for the use of wood in construction. Information on Alabama’s role in the industry is available online. Additional information on the role of wood products in North America, environmental advantages and environmental product declarations are available from the American Wood Council.