Minnesota stands at a crossroads. The forest products industry of past decades is rapidly changing, creating both short-term challenges and short- and long-term opportunities for the state. Minnesota has the opportunity to excel in manufacturing sustainable, renewable forest-based products, including biochemicals, biofuels, and biomass heat and power. The challenge that lies ahead for Minnesota will be to capitalize on the promise of these new technologies, while supporting the continued health of more traditional forest products industries, including paper, lumber, and oriented strand board (OSB), which are critical to the state’s economy. The following systems analysis will attempt to tackle this challenge.

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