A Great Resource

The Northern Forest region of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York is home to more than 2 million people who live in rural communities, larger towns and small cities surrounded by the largest intact forest in the eastern United States.

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Maine Woods tour

The Center has worked with premiere tourism providers in Maine and Penobscot guides to organize a re-enactment of Henry David Thoreau's last trip through the Maine Woods. The Center's Tourism program focuses on enhancing the quality of visitor experiences as a strategy for boosting the tourism economy and improving job opportunities in rural communities.

Thoreau-Wabanaki Tour

Tourism Program

Expanding Wood Pellet Heating

The Berlin Housing Authority (BHA) expects to save $11,000 a year on heating now that it has switched from oil to a highly efficient, fully-automated wood pellet boiler through the Center’s Model Neighborhood Project.

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Skilled Workforce Initative

Creating better jobs, stronger forest-based industry

“The work is out there, but if we can’t recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce, our opportunities for growth are more limited. This program will significantly advance the woodworking sector in our area and we’re looking forward to the possibilities it brings us.”

Kevin Hastings, owner and president, Amoskeag Woodworking, Colchester, VT

Creating Community Forests

The Center helps communities acquire, conserve and manage local forests to generate a wide range of benefits for residents and the local economy.  Read about the program and the Canaan (Vermont) Community Forest.

Read about the economic and community development success of the 13 Mile Woods Community Forest.

The Center helps create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

On-the-Ground Projects

Resource Programs


The center helps communities, businesses and landowners generate income from the sustainable use of the forest through:

10,000 Feet:

Regional Capacity & Networking

Center programs build capacity across the region through:

30,000 Feet:

Regional Strategy & Leadership

The Center's place-based projects integrate multiple strategies to demonstrate how they can benefit their host communities:

Donate Today!

Invest in the future of the Northern Forest by making a donation to the Northern Forest Center. Your contribution can help create economic opportunities that promote conservation and community benefits.

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Program Highlights

  • 100 modern pellet boiler installations - 02/20/15
    100 modern wood heat pellet boilers are installed and heating homes and small commercial buildings across the Northern Forest thanks to our Model Wood Heat Initiative. That means $180,000 in fuel savi…Read More
  • UMF heating plant approved by trustees - 01/29/15
    The UMaine System Board of Trustees approved a plan to heat most of the University of Maine at Farmington with a biomass heating plant, reported Ben Hanstein of the Daily Bulldog. THe $11 million prop…Read More
  • President's Corner: The City that Trees Heat - 11/20/14
    Berlin—the city that trees built—is now the city that trees heat. To the best of my knowledge, Berlin boasts the highest concentration of wood pellet heat users in the nation. Forty homes, St. Ki…Read More
  • Saranac Town Hall gets a new pellet boiler - 11/20/14
    Just in time for the temperatures to dip and with wintery weather on its way, the Town of Saranac, NY installed a brand new high-efficiency automated wood pellet boiler. Saranac Councilman Jerry Delan…Read More