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

  • Great Northern Paper files for bankruptcy, lists more than 1,000 creditors - 09/23/14

    By: Darren Fishell and Nick Sambides, Jr.
    Great Northern Paper Co. LLC filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Tuesday, listing more than 1,000 creditors and at least $50 million in debt.
    Bangor Daily News

  • Working Lands Enterprise Board announces Vermont forest economy systems analysis project - 09/18/14

    The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB), in collaboration with the St. Albans-based Yellow Wood Associates (YWA), is pleased to announce the commencement of an in-depth analysis of the forestry and wood products industry in Vermont.

  • GNP creditor schedules auction of East Millinocket mill to recover $242,000 debt - 09/17/14

    By: Nick Sambides, Jr.
    A Glenburn construction company owed more than $242,000 by Great Northern Paper Co. has received a court judgment against the struggling mill owner and has scheduled an auction of the mill to recoup the debt.
    Bangor Daily News
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  • Vermont receives $2.3M from USDA aimed at creating jobs - 09/12/14

    In Vermont, 13 organizations will share money from the U.S. Agriculture Department aimed at creating jobs in rural Vermont. Deputy Agriculture Secretary announced the $2.3 million in grants and loans during a visit to Burlington. The money will help farmers and small-business-owners with buying equipment, gaining access to capital and developing markets for their products.
    Vermont Business Magazine

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  • Greenville ATV access issue will go to voters in November - 09/10/14

    By: Mike Lange
    More than 40 people packed Greenville’s municipal meeting room on Sept. 3 to voice their opinion on expanding ATV access in the community.
    Bangor Daily News

  • Maine businesses preparing for leaf-peeping season - 09/07/14

    By: The Associated Press
    Maine Businesses are preparing for a rush of tourists hoping to see the state’s colorful foliage this fall.
    Portland Press Herald

  • Summer 2014: A tale of two tourist seasons - 09/03/14

    By: Stephen Betts
    The summer tourist season thus far has been a story of contrasts — a slow start followed by a blazing-hot second half...In communities more dependent on tourism for their economies, the difference between summer and winter seasons are far more extreme.
    Bangor Daily News

  • Eastern Maine Community College received $50,000 Quimby Family Foundation to develop Millinocket-based associates degree program in outdoor recreation and tourism - 09/01/14

    The Quimby Family Foundation has awarded $50,000 to Eastern Maine Community College to help develop a two-year associate in applied science degree in outdoor recreation and tourism. EMCC plans to base the program in Millinocket.

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Environment / Agriculture

  • In Maine, scientists see signs of climate change - 09/24/14

    By: David Abel
    With milder winters sparking a surge in deer ticks, park rangers now duct-tape their ankles while combing the wilds of Acadia, where native flowers are disappearing at alarming rates and invasive species are thriving.
    The Boston Globe

  • State acquires former Frinch, Pruyn lands near High Peaks - 09/11/14

    New York
    By: Phil Brown
    The state has purchased a 5,770-acre tract abutting the High Peaks Wilderness from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, the latest acquisition of former Finch, Pruyn lands for the Forest Preserve.
    The Adirondack Almanack

  • Canada leads world in forest decline, report says - 09/04/14

    By: William Marsden
    The world’s virgin forests are being lost at an increasing rate and the largest portion of the degradation is in Canada, according to a new report.

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Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency

  • USDA announces REAP funding for energy projects - 09/19/14

    USDA awards $120,000 to four Vermont small businesses to help reduce energy costs
    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that four Vermont businesses and agricultural producers would receive $121,855 in grants to help them become more energy efficient or produce renewable energy.

    Nine rural energy for America program grants awarded in Maine
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide, of which Maine businesses will receive $190,000 through specific nine grants from the Rural Energy for America Program.
    Bangor Daily News

  • Northern Forest Center Receives $5,000 Plum Creek Foundation Grant to Advance Local Wood Heat Project - 09/18/14

    New Hampshire
    The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Northern Forest Center to help fund the “Local Forests, Local Heat: Biomass District Heating in Colebrook” project, which will help Colebrook become the first rural community in the nation to implement a wood-fired district heating system.

  • Grant will boost wood pellet heat - 09/18/14

    New York
    By: Olivia Pepe
    Ten energy-efficiency wood pellet heating systems will be installed in buildings in municipalities in Franklin, Clinton, and Essex counties through a Northern Border Regional Commission grant, but the communities that will receive the heating systems have yet to be determined.

    The commission awarded a $175,000 grant to the Northern Forest Center on Wednesday to help install the 10 wood pellet heating systems.
    Malone Telegram

  • Scientific Endorsement of Biomass's Carbon Benefits - 09/17/14

    By: Bob Cleaves
    Last month, the Journal of Forestry published a scientific, peer-reviewed study by nine respected scientists and forestry experts confirming the virtues of biomass—not just as an energy source, but also as an important element for forestry health and atmospheric carbon management.
    Biomass Magazine

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  • EIA: U.S. added 108.8 MW of bioenergy capacity in June - 08/26/14

    By: Erin Voegele
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration has published the August issue of its Electric Power Monthly report, indicating that the U.S. added 108.8 MW of bioenergy capacity in June.
    Biomass Magazine

  • Berlin biomass plant fully operational, but at what cost to ratepayers? - 08/21/14

    New Hampshire
    By: Chris Jensen
    A new biomass plant in Berlin is finally producing electricity for Public Service of New Hampshire under a controversial 20-year contract that a report says will cost PSNH ratepayers $125 million more than if the electricity was purchased on the open market...
    New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Regulators approve Lake Champlain transmission line - 08/11/14

    Federal regulators have completed the environmental review of a proposed 330-mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City.
    Vermont Public Radio

  • 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


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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

  • CCC wins $12.7 million to build manufacturing institute - 09/17/14

    New York
    By: Ashleigh Livingston
    Clinton Community College will receive $12.7 million to build the area's first advanced manufacturing institute.
    Press Republican

  • 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


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Community/Economic Development

  • Economic development firm offering to help Millinocket 'not afraid to ask hard questions' - 09/17/14

    By: Nick Sambides Jr.
    A Virginia-based economic development firm that offered to work for free to help the town recover from its loss of industry has already started compiling statistics for town leaders, its president said Friday.
    Bangor Daily News

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  • Owens announces $971K in Northern Border Regional Commission grants - 09/17/14

    New York
    Congressman Bill Owens announced today that five projects in New York’s 21st Congressional District will receive funds through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). “This funding supports a collection of worthy projects that contribute to the economic growth and stability of the region,” said Owens...$175,000 for the Northern Forest Center to install energy-efficient wood pellet heating systems in municipal buildings in Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties.
    Office of Congressman Bill Owens

    North Country Now

  • Five North Country projects win Northern Border grants - 09/17/14

    New Hampshire
    By: Jeff Feingold
    Five North Country economic and community development efforts will receive grants totaling almost $1 million from the Northern Border Regional Commission. The awards, which total $968,365, were announced by Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
    New Hampshire Business Review

  • Maine Community Foundation CEO stepping down - 09/16/14

    George T. Shaw of Newcastle, chair of the Maine Community Foundation Board of Directors, has announced that Meredith H. Jones will step down at the end of 2015 after 16 years of service, including seven as president and CEO.
    Bangor Daily News

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Funding / Grant Opportunities

  • Rural Community Development Initiative funding available - 08/14/14

    A Notice of Funding Availability was released by the US Department of Agriculture through the Rural Housing Service. The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program provides technical assistance and training funds to qualified intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in eligible rural areas. Applications are due at 4 p.m. November 12, 2014.
    For more information

  • Deadline Approaching to Apply for USDA Conservation Programs - 08/13/14

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) would like to remind agricultural and forest producers that the sign-up deadline for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program is approaching. The Fiscal Year 2015 application deadline for both of these programs is August 15, 2014.
    Bangor Daily News

  • 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


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Network & Partner News

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  • NH Biomass Boiler Operators Workshop - 09/13/14

    What: This workshop will focus specifically on how to improve performance of biomass boilers (wood pellet and chip) and lower maintenance costs. It will also feature discussion about state-of-the-art bulk wood pellet delivery, and handling, testing and beneficial use or disposal of wood ash.
    Where: Sullivan County Complex 103 County Farm Road Unity, NH
    When: October 22, 2014 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
    Regsiter here.

  • Six Wood Heating System Tours in NH - 09/01/14

    The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council will host six tours of a wide range of modern wood heating systems during the week of October 20. The tours are free and open to the public and will feature 16 different wood pellet, wood chip and logwood heating systems. All tours start at 1 pm. Register here and find the tour schedule here. The North Country Tous is on Tues. October 21st to Littleton Hospital, CAI Technologies and the White Mountain School.

  • Alternative Energy Expo in Portland - 08/14/14

    What: showcase a variety of alternative energy organizations providing information and demonstrations as well as speakers, workshops, panels, food trucks and more
    Where: 145 Presumpscot St. Portland, ME
    When: Friday, Sept. 12th all day with speakers starting at 3 pm

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