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Report: Half of Armstrong County considered forestland

| Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 12:36 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
The USDA reports Pennsylvania’s forest cover, including the area around Keystone Lake in Elderton, remains stable this year, although it could begin to decline within the next decade, according to experts from Penn State University. Monday November 4, 2013

More than half of Armstrong County is considered forestland, according to a report from the Penn State Extension's School of Forestry.

In Armstrong County, 253,509 acres, which is 60 percent of all land, is considered forestland. Only 5 percent of the forestland in Armstrong County is considered public, while the remaining 95 percent is owned by approximately 10,513 different landowners.

Forestland supports 12 forestry and wood product establishments, which employ 386 people, according to the report.

The report indicates forestry contributes $18.69 million to Armstrong County's economy, annually, while agriculture contributes $25.66 million, annually.

The Penn State Extension estimates Armstrong County's standing timber is valued at $214.6 million and could potentially create 1.07 billion board feet of finished wood, according to the report.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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