The state is home to some of the country’s most prolific timber harvesters.

But in a move that could change the way timber companies view Utah, the state’s forestry association said Tuesday that it will raise the stakes in its efforts to preserve and promote timber for its citizens.

“It’s time for the timber industry to grow up and learn how to thrive in Utah,” said Greg Smith, president of the state forestry association.

“The stakes have been raised.”

Utah is home, along with other Western states, to more than 300,000 acres of timber, according to the American Timber Association.

The association has long been critical of Utah’s timber policies and industry practices.

Smith’s remarks come as the timber harvests continue to decline.

In the past decade, a total of 1.3 million acres have been harvested in Utah, down from an average of 3.1 million in 2010.

Smith said the industry is looking to continue that trend.

“We’re looking at the future,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep up with demand.

Utah has got to keep up the momentum to be a leader.”

Smith said the association has been looking for a way to keep pace with Utah’s demand for timber.

In 2011, Utah was one of 10 states with fewer timber harVideos of the day: