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Our Forest Business program provides businesses in Vermont’s forest product sector with management resources, skills development, and one-on-one planning services. We aim to support the development of a sustainable forest economy in the Northeast by working with a diverse set of businesses including loggers, foresters, processors, mills, woodworkers, wood manufacturers and timber framers.

We currently offer two core services: one-on-one, in-depth business planning assistance and business clinics, and additionally coordinate the Forest Business Roundtable (PDF) to foster skills and relationship building within the forest products community. For more information see our Forest Business Program Information Sheet (PDF) and Small Business Planning for Loggers (PDF).

Contact Chris Lindgren with questions at: Christopher.Lindgren@uvm.edu, 802-733-3349 ext. 247.


Business Planning Tools

If you are looking for tools to help you plan for your logging business, check out UVM Extension Small Business Planning for Loggers (PDF).

This interactive PDF package developed by Steven Bick and Chris Lindgren can be used by timber harvesting companies to prepare the essential elements of a business plan. It includes business analysis modules and example business plans for tree-length, whole-tree, and cut-to-length systems.

For a quick review of your logging business plan, try our One Page Logging Business Worksheet (PDF).


Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program

UVM Extension partners with the Vermont Farm and Forest Viability Program to provide business education and one-on-one business coaching to Vermont’s forest related enterprises. Read more about their options for forest products business advising.


Help Support Us

If you’d like to help support the work of the Forest Business program, please visit

https://go.uvm.edu/givefbp

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Across the Fence television segments about our program and businesses who’ve received assistance: