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In 1906, the Adirondack Lumber Manufacturers and Shippers Association was formed to help track declining inventories of Adirondack softwood and promote the emerging science of forestry. Three years later the name was changed to the Empire State Forest Products Association to reflect the addition of new members from other regions of the state and a growing statewide interest.

Today the Association enjoys a diverse and growing membership. Membership stands at over 400 businesses and individuals and is growing. Members include forest landowners, timber harvesters, furniture companies, lumber manufacturers, pulp and paper companies, and other wood product manufacturers from across New York state. Members own and manage 1.2 million acres of New York forests and employ over one-third of the 65,000 individuals employed in the forest products industry in New York state.

The Empire State Forest Products Association (ESFPA), a nonprofit organization for businesses and individuals, is dedicated to improving the business climate for the forest products industry while promoting management of New York's forests to meet the resource needs of today and for future generations.

Goals and Objectives

  • Monitor state and local legislative and agency actions that impact the forest products industry and work toward implementing those policies to meet the mission of the Association. 
  • Provide a forum for dialogue between the forest products industry and opinion leaders, legislators, other interest groups and the general public. 
  • Foster better public understanding of the forest products industry and its contributions to the economy and the environment. 
  • Provide a forum for dialogue within the forest products community. 
  • Serve as representative of the forest products industry
  • Meet membership needs within the context of the Association's mission.