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Greenville Boardwalk In ProcessThe first-ever Community Destination Academy in Maine’s Moosehead Lake region demonstrated a new approach to building the capacity of business, municipal and non-profit leaders to expand local economic opportunity through Rural Destination Development. The program combined a series of targeted skills training workshops with financial and technical assistance for local projects including rebuilding the boardwalk along Moosehead Lake in downtown Greenville and developing plans to increase the economic impact of 10 local events in 2019.

The Northern Forest Center worked with its partners in the Maine Woods Consortium to bring this program to the Moosehead region. Additional partners include the Maine Office of Tourism, Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, and Destination Moosehead Lake.

The Northern Forest Center and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities will be working with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to guide the strategic investment of $3 million in the Northern Forest over the next four years. forest product manufacturing copyThe EDA announced the cooperative agreement Sept. 28, 2018.

The bulk of the funds will support specific projects to grow markets for wood products from the region and will be matched with equivalent investment from other sources.

“The Northern Forest congressional delegation has secured a unique opportunity that will invest in growing markets for the products and services from well managed forests,” said Joe Short, vice president of the Northern Forest Center. He said that projects will be identified through market analysis and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders. “We look forward to working with EDA, the U.S. Endowment and partners across the region to leverage these resources for the benefit of forest-based businesses in the Northern Forest,” said Short.

Wood Pellet Bins for StovesThis fall, more than 20 families in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont will be heating with new pellet stoves – with a twist. Instead of buying pellets in typical 40-pound bags, as most people need to do, they will have their pellets delivered from a bulk truck into a 3-ton storage bin. When they need pellets, they can simply fill a bucket directly from the bin and carry it to their stove.

The Northern Forest Center provided incentives for the stoves and bulk pellet bins to get more people in the Northeast Kingdom heating with local pellets and to demonstrate that bulk storage can work for pellet stove owners, not just for people who heat with automated wood pellet boilers (like those featured at www.feelgoodheat.org).