Medicinal plants to furniture, video highlights forest-products businesses

Land-of-Sky Regional Council has released “Stimulus Stories of Western North Carolina,” a video highlighting the success of the WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project.  

The project provided dollars and technical assistance to 15 businesses and organizations that make or market forest products, from a mushroom cooperative to ramp delicacies to woodworkers.

A grant of $1.974 million in federal stimulus money was made through the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station to help create jobs and stimulate the economy of Western North Carolina by promoting forest products.

Stimulus Stories of WNC showcases the diverse group of forest enterprises participating. The companies used the funds to expand and diversify their businesses. Partner organizations provided one-on-one technical assistance, marketing analysis, training and critical business support.

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