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CONCORD, NH:  Results of a new life-cycle analysis show that heating with wood pellets instead of fossil fuels in the Northern Forest can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than half. Specifically, the analysis shows that using wood pellets immediately reduces greenhouse gas by 54 percent versus oil and 50 percent versus natural gas.

The life-cycle analysis further shows that after 50 years, heating with wood pellets produces 62 percent less greenhouse gas than oil, 67 percent less than natural gas and 56 percent less than propane.

“Now we can say unequivocally that heating with high-efficiency wood pellet boilers in the Northern Forest reduces greenhouse gas and helps us fight climate change,” said Rob Riley, president of the Northern Forest Center. “When we use local, renewable wood pellets to heat, we’re reducing greenhouse gases emissions and supporting our region’s forest economy.”

The results come from a study by SIG-NAL (the Spatial Informatics Group—Natural Assets Laboratory) commissioned by the Northern Forest Center.

Information sessions June 8 in Saranac and June 9 in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE – The Northern Forest Center will host information sessions June 8 and 9 to explain how homeowners and businesses can apply for subsidies to help pay for purchase and installation of high-efficiency wood pellet boilers to replace oil or propane heat.

Replacing oil or propane heating systems with high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet heating systems will help keep money in local economy

SARANAC LAKE – Financial and technical assistance that has helped homeowners and businesses in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont successfully switch to high-efficiency wood pellet heating is now available to Adirondack homeowners and businesses through the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative.

Portland, Maine—Just in time for people planning spring and summer vacations, a suite of multi- media coverage is showing off some of what the Maine Woods has to offer. Yankee magazine and the Maine Office of Tourism are both featuring extensive coverage of the 150th Anniversary Thoreau-Wabanaki Tour that explored 250 miles of Maine lakes and rivers in May 2014.