The Center's 2016 Annual Report is online!

FY16 cover Page 01Read about how we work with supporters and partners to create Community Forests, advance modern wood heat, bring innovation to the traditional wood products manufacturing industry, and build better jobs in tourism across the four-state region.

In addition to stories and data about our program impact, the report also includes a map showing where our programs touch down across the Northern Forest.
Download the 2016 Annual Report!

This winter the Center hired Tim Volk, a marketing professional with years of experience working on energy issues, to draft a marketing plan for speeding up adoption of what we call “modern wood heat.” Those quotation marks are part of the problem. The manufacturers, state agencies, nonprofits, and others who are encouraging people to switch to wood pellet boilers and other high-efficiency wood heating systems each have their own favored names for what we’re advocating: “modern wood heat,” “advanced wood heat,” and “whole-home wood heating systems,” to name just a few. How can you market something effectively if you don’t even agree on what to call it?

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If you’ve never considered the option of using modern wood heat, you should check out the video testimonials from participants in our Model Neighborhood projects. You can hear straight from the users why they switched, and why they feel good about how they’re staying warm.

Last year the Northern Forest Center began working with a coalition of local organizations and businesses on the Windham Wood Heat Initiative, a $1.6-million program funded by the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund. Our goal is to convert public buildings in Windham County, Vermont, to advance wood heat while also building the infrastructure and local capacity needed to support a local wood heat economy in the long term. This recent article in the Brattleboro Reformer highlights the two installations completed to date.