FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2017

CONTACT: Rhonda Shippee, Project Manager, Northern Forest Center Phone: 802-249-8878 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

[Northeast Kingdom] A community development non-profit is providing $2,500 incentives to 25 Northeast Kingdom homeowners for an innovative pellet stove package that includes a new or refurbished pellet stove, bulk storage bin that allows for bulk-delivered wood pellets, and two tons of Vermont-made wood pellets.

The Northern Forest Center has partnered with Bourne’s Energy to develop this program, which aims to drive demand for Vermont-made wood pellets and increase the volume of bulk pellet delivery. Heating with local wood pellets strengthens the local economy, promotes sustainable forest use, and helps transition people away from reliance on fossil fuels.

The package being offered consists of an efficient Hearthstone pellet stove, convenient 2.4 ton bulk storage bin, and two tons of free wood pellets. The pellets are delivered from a specially designed truck right to the bin – just like oil or propane – and homeowners can pour as many pellets as they wish from a spigot into a bucket to feed their pellet stove. This makes heating with pellets easier and more convenient than dealing with 40-pound bags, and eliminates all the plastic!

The Northern Forest Center program cuts the cost of this package by almost 50%. Total costs after the incentive is $2,550 for a new stove or $2,050 for a refurbished stove. Only 25 packages are available, and homeowners must reserve them by November 1.


According to Rhonda Shippee, who manages the project for the Northern Forest Center, “Bulk storage for pellet stoves eliminates the fuss of buying, storing, and carrying bagged pellets. It’s great for the environment and the local economy.”

By helping homeowners tap into the bulk wood pellet delivery market, the Northern Forest Center hopes to support jobs in the regional forest economy. Wood pellet manufacturing strengthens an important market for loggers and forest owners so they can continue to sustainably manage their forestland. Wood pellets are a renewable, low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels, and thousands of Vermonters already use wood pellet stoves to heat their homes.

The Northern Forest Center is a non-profit organization that builds economic opportunity and community vitality while fostering sound forest stewardship across the Northern Forest of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. Program partner Bourne’s Energy is a local, family-owned business that’s been serving Vermont homeowners for 70 years.

For more details or to reserve your pellet stove package, contact project manager Rhonda Shippee at 802-895-4461 or complete the form at https://www.bournesenergy.com/NEK-pellet-package.

5,300 Jobs 

The Center’s programs have benefited 5,300 jobs in wood products manufacturing, tourism and wood heat through direct business assistance and skills training initiatives.

255,562 Acres 

The Center’s programs have helped conserve 255,562 acres of forestland for community benefit through the Community Forest program and forestland purchases financed through New Markets Tax Credits.

$204 Million Investment

The Center’s programs have helped to secure and leverage $204 million for projects that benefit the region’s communities, the economy and forest stewardship since 2005.

What's Happening In Your State

Success Stories

Live the New Forest Future cover 2018

Live the New Forest Future

Click the cover to read our 2018 annual report.

Showcasing Maine Woods Tourism

Thoreau-Wabanaki anniversary trip highlights the amazing landscape the Maine Woods offers to visitors.

Community Forest Generates Benefits

13 Mile Woods Community Forest conserves forestland and generates income for rural community.

Automated Wood Heat Keeps Money Circulating in Local Economy

The Center is helping to spark a new energy economy in the Northern Forest based on heat from renewable local wood pellets.