The Center's Programs
The Center’s programs are driven directly by its mission to advocate for the Northern Forest region and help its communities benefit from forest-based economic and conservation initiatives. The Center approaches this work three ways:
- Generating income from sustainable use of natural resources
- Building regional capacity for success
- Benefiting local communities
The program strategy is grounded in a commitment to advance the regional strategy and recommendations of the Sustainable Economy Initiative (SEI) through continued integrated regional approaches to Northern Forest issues. The Center delivers on its mission by collaborating with a wide range of public and private partners, and supporting a wide range of networks for the good of the region.
Center Supports Northeast Biomass Heating Expo - 04/08/13
The Center is proud to have again sponsored the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo, held April 3-5 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The event is the region's largest biomass heating conference and featured panels, workshops and presentations on a wide range of issues related to using biomass for heat. The Expo included a case study of the biomass installation at St. Kieran Community Arts Center, in Berlin, NH, which the Center helped fund.
Consortium Launches Skilled Workforce Program - 02/15/13
In conjunction with the Woodwork Career Alliance and other partners, the Regional Wood Products Consortium is launching a new workforce development program for the secondary wood manufacturing industry. The initiative's goal is to build the robust, highly skilled workforce necessary for the industry to be economically competitive in the global marketplace of the 21st Century. The program will benefit manufacturers, woodworkers and educational/training institutions.
New Funding Expands Innovation Assistance Program for Wood Products Manufacturers - 02/01/13
New funding available to the Regional Wood Products Consortium enables The Center to offer targeted finanical support to wood products manufacturers seeking to make transformational changes to their business, such as implementing Lean Manufacturing, Mass Customization or other promising innovations. Initial funding is available to companies in 8 counties, including Caledonia, Orleans and Essex in Vermont; Coos, Grafton and Carroll counties in New Hampshire; and Oxford and Franklin counties in Maine. Learn more.
Maine Woods Discovery posts new winter packages - 12/20/12
Maine Woods Discovery has posted new winter packages that highlight unique experiences offered in northern Maine. The new packages feature cross-country skiing, dog sledding and snowmobiling between a variety of lodges, huts and inns.
Maine Woods Discovery supports network-based tourism packaging and promotion among leading Maine Woods tourism providers who are committed to a shared set of quality standards.
Exploring Carbon Markets - 11/26/12
The Center co-hosted the workshop "Carbon: A Viable Forest Product?" in Norwich, VT on November 16, 2012 for 70 foresters, natural resource professionals, landowners, and loggers. The session covered the current status of forest carbon markets, opportunities and challenges for the future, and tools and local examples to help understand this complex topic. Presenters included Dylan Jenkins (Finite Carbon), Peter Stein (Lyme Timber), Laury Saligman (Conservation Collaboratives), Chris Pryor (New England Forestry Foundation) and John Gunn (SIG-NAL). Visit the Center's forest carbon resource page for additional information on forest carbon offsetting.