Northern Forest News Digest

The Center’s Northern Forest News Digest is a FREE weekly compendium of news about the Northern Forest and about national and international issues that affect the region. The Center’s staff scans more than 35 news sources—from local weekly newspapers to statewide dailies to the web—to deliver information about the forest industry, tourism, the environment, renewable energy, education, grant funding and events to keep you informed.

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Forestry & Industry

  • Repositioning work in the trades... - 07/29/14

    By: Collin Miller
    From an early age, whether it came from my parents, teachers and counselors or society, it seemed like the only choice being promoted to me was to go to a good college or university and get a degree so I could get a well-paying job. This push toward white-collar employment seems at odds to me with what I see in the built world around me; we are a culture of builders and doers.
    Going with the Grain

  • Maine is a leader in conservation easements - 07/28/14

    By: Joe Rankin
    Over the past 30 plus years conservation easements have become a standard, go-to tool in the land protection-conservation toolbox...And when it comes to conservation easements, Maine lives up to its Latin mottor -- Dirigo -- I lead.
    Forests for Maine's Future

  • Local boy's 'wish' granted, spends day with loggers - 07/26/14

    By: Tom Momberg
    Make-A-Wish Vermont granted the wish of 6-year-old Keegan Brooks by taking him out for a day with Plum Creek Timber loggers in Essex County.
    Bennington Banner

  • GPT paper machines down since Monday - 07/09/14

    New Hampshire
    By: Barbara Tetreault
    All four paper machines at the Gorham Paper and Tissue mill have been down since Monday as the facility continues to struggle. USW Local 75 head Eddy Deblois said the machines are running on a day-to-day basis as orders allow.
    Berlin Daily Sun

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  • More details emerge on Balsams plans as work continues behind the scenes - 07/23/14

    New Hampshire
    By: Jake Mardin
    Work on the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel is moving along, according to spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne, who said the owners hope to have specific plans to present this fall.
    Colebrook News and Sentinel

  • Abbe photo exhibit retraces Thoreau's Maine adventure - 07/23/14

    A new exhibit featuring photographs from the 150th Thoreau-Wabanaki Canoe Tour, curated by Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, is now open at the Abbe Museum downtown.

  • Ayotte-backed Legilsation to promote tourism advances in Commerce Committee; House passes Wlech Tourism Bill - 07/23/14

    New Hampshire
    The Senate Commerce Committee approved bipartisan legislation backed by U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to help boost New Hampshire's tourism industry.

    By a vote of 347-57, the House of Representatives last evening passed the Welch-authored Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R.4450) which reauthorizes the successful Brand USA tourism promotion program for five additional years. His bill passed with an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the face of strong opposition from the Club for Growth.

  • Welch tourism bill gets unanimous committee vote - 07/21/14

    By a vote of 347-57, the House of Representatives Tuesday evening passed the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 (HR4450) which reauthorizes the successful Brand USA tourism promotion program for five additional years. The bill was authored by Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont).

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Environment / Agriculture

  • Northern Forest Atlas Project Planned - 07/28/14

    New York
    The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently received a grant from the International Paper Foundation to help publish the Northern Forest Atlas​, which will be released in a series of books, charts, digital applications, and posters documenting the habitats and ecosystems of the Northern Forest.
    The Adirondack Almanack

  • New to explore in the Adirondacks: the Essex Chain Lakes - 07/15/14

    New York
    By: Brian Mann
    This is the final week for public comment on the new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Adirondacks. Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann made the trip last week and has our story.
    North Country Public Radio

  • Some green groups turn to courts in Adirondack fight - 07/14/14

    New York
    By: Brian Mann
    Four environmental groups say they plan to sue in state court to stop a mining project proposed for the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks.
    North Country Public Radio

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Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency

  • NY commits $27 million to build wood heat industry - 07/30/14

    New York
    By: Mary Esch
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a $27 million initiative to build the market for high-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating systems in the state.

  • 150 federal buildings found to be candidates for pellet boilers - 07/25/14

    By: Sue Retka Schill
    Wood pellet boilers should be considered at all hot-water heated federal facilities where natural gas is unavailable, particularly in northern regions, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.
    Biomass Magazine

  • 5 Ways the Biomass Heating Industry is laying the foundation for explosive growth - 07/22/14

    By: Gabrielle Rossetti
    To get a pulse for what’s happening in the industry, we connected with six awesome individuals who are working on increasing the adoption of biomass heating systems:
    1. The Evolutionary Phase of New Technology Takes Time
    2. The Northeast is the Epicenter of the U.S. Biomass Energy Industry
    3. Systems are key.
    4. "Continuum of quality is key for success"
    5. Economics Matter.

  • USDA funds state wood energy teams, wood-to-energy projects - 07/16/14

    By: Erin Voegele
    The USDA has announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in 11 states. An additional $1.25 million was awarded to nine wood-to-energy projects. The Northern Forest Center received $47,000 for the St. Johnsbury wood pellet mill engineering analysis in Vermont.
    Biomass Magazine

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  • Would biomass plant be a good fit at Vt. Yankee site? - 07/09/14

    By: Richie Davis
    With half a year to go before the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is scheduled to cease operation, town planning and selectmen’s boards have discussed a preliminary proposal to build a biomass plant on the reactor site.
    The Recorder


  • Vermont Gas begins work on pipeline - 06/24/14

    By: Taylor Dobbs
    Vermont Gas Systems has cleared all the necessary regulatory hurdles to move forward with staging for the construction of its controversial natural gas pipeline.
    Vermont Public Radio

  • ReEnergy helps municipalities by burning storm debris at biomass plant - 06/11/14

    New York
    By: Ted Booker
    Giving municipalities a lift without charge, this week ReEnergy began grinding and collecting storm debris that will be used to fuel its biomass facility at Fort Drum.
    Watertown Daily Times


  • Biomass generation pitched for Vermont Yankee Site - 06/06/14

    As the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant moves closer to shutting down at year’s end, a new proposal could bring a different kind of power generation to the site. The Select Board in Vernon recently heard from a company about the possibility of building a biomass energy plant at the Vermont Yankee site.
    Times Argus

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  • Lyme disease: A big problem caused by a tiny tick - 05/09/13

    By: Jackie Farwell
    McDonald was one of more than a record-high 1,100 Maine residents diagnosed last year with Lyme disease. Public health officials are warning that the risk for Lyme has increased now that ticks have emerged for the season. A mild winter in 2011 led to a bumper crop of ticks that appeared early in the 2012 season.

    “We’ve seen increases every year for the last four or five years,” said Dr. Stephen Sears, state epidemiologist. “There’s no reason to suspect that we won’t potentially see more cases because it appears that Lyme’s moving into parts of the state where it was not as common before.”

    Lyme first appeared in the southern part of Maine, and has consistently spread north and Down East. Lyme disease in humans now shows up in every county in the state thanks to hungry deer ticks that feed mostly during the summer months.
    Bangor Daily News article

  • Can the North Country make nursing homes work? - 05/03/13

    New York
    By: Chris Knight
    Many nursing homes around the state are seeing big financial losses, and the situation is the same, if not worse, here in the North Country.

    That's sparked a dialogue in the last few months among the region's long-term care leaders about ways they can partner, share services or even consolidate under one organization. Leaders of at least eight to 10 of the region's nursing homes have been involved in these talks.

    Some long-term care advocates believe North Country nursing homes are at a tipping point.
    North Country Public Radio article

  • Lyme Disease - 04/25/13

    By: Jane Lindholm and Sage Van Wing
    In 2002 there were 37 cases of Lyme disease in Vermont. In 2011 there were over 500. Experts aren’t sure why the numbers are rising so drastically, but they do agree that the disease is serious.

    If you know you’ve been bitten by a deer tick, and you develop a rash, you have likely been infected with Lyme disease. A short course of antibiotics, administered quickly after an infection, has proven effective at treating the disease at that stage. After that, though, there is some disagreement as to how the disease should be identified and treated.
    Vermont Public Radio article

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Education / Arts / Entertainment

  • Summer camp aims to create future environmental leaders in Maine's tribes - 07/13/14

    By: Nell Gluckman
    Barry Dana is worried about the next generation of environmental leaders within Maine’s Native American tribes. The former Penobscot Nation chief said Tuesday he and others began to recognize several years ago that the tribal members running some institutions were getting older and there was no one to replace them.
    Bangor Daily News

  • Adirondack peak East Dix is now named Grace Peak. Here's Why - 06/17/14

    New York
    By: Brian Mann
    One of the Adirondack Park's High Peaks has a new name. Last week, the US Board of Geographic Names approved a petition to rename East Dix, a summit that rises to 4,026 feet.
    North Country Public Radio


  • New executive director named at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum - 06/11/14

    By: Gabor Degre
    Jill Packard is the new executive director of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley.
    Bangor Daily News

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Community/Economic Development

  • Can we end the North Country's investment drought? - 07/24/14

    New York
    By: Brian Mann
    To get a sense for the challenge that North Country entrepreneurs face, NCPR met with Mara Smith in Lake Placid, New York. She’s holding in her hand what she hopes will be a brand new business that will bring jobs to the village.
    North Country Public Radio

  • VEDA approves $17.8 million in financing to support $35 million in Vermont projects - 07/23/14

    The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $17.8 million in commercial, agricultural, small business and energy development financing to support projects totaling almost $35 million throughout the state.


  • Carsey School presents mid-point research on Coos youth - 07/16/14

    New Hampshire
    By: Barbara Tetreault
    Midway through its ten year study of Coos County Youth, the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of N.H. provided a detailed look at its findings to date to local educators and health and human services providers Thursday at White Mountains Community College.
    Berlin Daily Sun

  • Commentary: A Utility Land Bank Amendment - 06/30/14

    New York
    By: Pete Nelson
    Everyone reading this commentary has witnessed the massive spread of real-time information to the point where it is ubiquitous – smart phone technology being the most obvious example. I sure would like the Adirondack region to be able to reap the full benefits of this evolution now, rather than be years behind other areas of the country.
    Adirondack Almanack

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Funding / Grant Opportunities

  • Northern Border Regional Commission Applications Due - 06/18/14

    The Northern Border Regional Commission, created by Congress to offset challenging economies in the rural Northeast, plans to award about $4.5 million later this year across the 36-county region of northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Organizations in Carroll, Grafton, Coos and Sullivan Counties in New Hampshire are eligible to apply. The maximum grant request per project is $250,000.

    New Hampshire

    Due: June 23, 2014
    For information: Christopher Way at 271-2341

    New York

    due: mailed AND emailed by June 30, 2014
    For information: Kyle Wilber 518-473-3355


  • Adirondack Foundation announces new grant programs - 06/05/14

    New York
    Up to 45,00 available
    Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the world's first community foundation, Adirondack Foundation has launched a new fund that will increase grants to Adirondack communities. The Generous Acts Fund directs funding toward three programs: Small and Significant grants, Collaborations grants and Big Impact projects. Adirondack Foundation will award up to $45,000 through these programs this year.
    Adirondack Daily Enterprise

  • Forest management plans: a win-win - 06/03/14

    New York
    By: Caitlin Stewart
    Got Woods? If so, there may be a way for you to maximize your woodlot and maybe even your wallet. Funds are available through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to help landowners with the development of a Forest Management Plan for their properties.
    The Adirondack Almanack

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Network & Partner News

  • Cathy Dove named 10th President of Paul Smith's College - 07/28/14

    New York
    By: Editorial Staff
    Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell NYC Tech in New York City, will become the tenth president of Paul Smith’s College. Dove will succeed John W. Mills, who is retiring after 10 years as president, on September 1st at the college’s first woman president.
    The Adirondack Almanack

  • Adirondack Park Institute to honor Nature Conservancy - 07/18/14

    New York
    The Adirondack Park Institute (API) will honor the Adirondack Nature Conservancy at its Third Annual Awards Gala to be held on Friday, August 8 at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.
    The Adirondack Almanack

  • New England Forestry Foundation publishes new report - 07/16/14

    New England Forestry Foundation is a nonprofit organization specializing in forest conservation, sustainable forest management, and forestry education throughout New England. They are celebrating our 70 year anniversary and recently released a special report, New England Forests: The Path to Sustainability. The report outlines the many societal and environmental benefits of forests and sustainable forest management.
    Visit their website
    to read and download the report

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  • Statewide events to celebrate 150th annviersary of Thoreau's 'The Maine Woods' - 07/21/14

    By: Aislinn Sarnacki
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s famous book “The Maine Woods,” and in celebration of this milestone, events and programs will be held throughout the state in the weeks to come. The 8th Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival will run July 24-27, in Greenville.
    Bangor Daily News

  • 68th International Convention of Forest Products Society - 07/18/14

    What: Convention is a joint effort between the Forest Products Society and the World Conference on Timber Engineering, combining the unique knowledge and experiences of hundreds of professionals from across the globe to explore the state of forest products research and innovations in the field.
    When: August 10-13
    Where: Quebec City Convention Centre
    To register visit

  • 10th Annual West Grand Lake Race - 07/16/14

    What: Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust for its 10th Annual West Grand Lake Races!
    When: Sunday August 3rd, 2014 9:15am to 2:00pm
    Where: Shaw St. West Grand Lake, ME
    For more information

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