About the Northern Forest
Mission, Vision & Beliefs
Board & Staff
Kelly Short, Communications Director
New Era, New Opportunity
The Northern Forest Center advocates for the Northern Forest region and helps its communities benefit from forest-based economic and conservation initiatives.
Since it was founded, The Center has rallied people around a vision for the region’s future that is built on three essential ingredients: thriving communities, healthy forests and innovative and resilient local economies that can support both.
The Center plays a unique role as the only organization coordinating regional strategy across multiple interest areas—conservation, economic development and community development—in the four-state region. This enables The Center to amplify the work and voice of our partners, adding value to their work and advancing our shared goals.
The Center’s work, grounded in a set of core beliefs, helps people better understand and capitalize on the interconnected nature of the region’s economy, culture, communities and forested landscape. The Center’s programs are focused on:
The Northern Forest of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York is home to more than 2 million people who live in communities that have experienced immense economic change since the 1980s. The region’s 30 million acres of woodlands, lakes, rivers, farms, rolling hills and mountains are the source of the region's culture, quality of life, and economic opportunity. The Northern Forest—the largest, intact forest in the eastern United States—is an important national resource for alternative energy, timber products, recreation and tourism, and ecological diversity.
The Center has always taken a network-based approach to creating lasting change across the region through ground-breaking initiatives such as:
- The Sustainable Economy Initiative, which culminated in 2008 with the first, 4-state economic strategy for the region, and
- The current Northern Forest Investment Zone initiative, a five-year coordinated effort to create a new generation of conservation tools that can provide economic incentives for good, long-term forest stewardship while reinvigorating the economy.
Maine Senators Introduce Biomass Heating Legislation - 05/23/13
U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) introduced legislation this week that would extend renewable energy tax credits to efficient wood heating systems in residential and commercial applications. Co-sponsore…Read More
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…Read More
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 indus…Read More
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 b…Read 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 …Read More