The Center has helped the Northern Gateway Chamber of Commerce create a map and brochure to promote its new hiking challenge program, which the Chamber will formally launch at its annual meeting March 21. 

N Gateway Challenge brochure picture copyThe Northern Gateway Hiking Challenge is a collection of hikes in or near Lancaster, N.H., designed to highlight the town’s special location at the edge of the White Mountains and to encourage outdoor recreation. Download a PDF of the map and brochure.

"We hope that the Challenge will get visitors and locals exploring the beauty in and around Lancaster," said Beth Cape of the Northern Gateway Challenge.  "The hike is to encourage friends, families, and organizations to explore the Great North Woods by promoting achievable hikes. When they complete the Challenge, we'll recognize them on social media and send a certificate from the chamber."

Wood Heat Leadership SummitThe Center and the University of Vermont (UVM) convened the first Northeast Wood Heat Leadership Summit Jan. 7 – 8 to release new research findings, address challenges and opportunities for the sector, and learn from the experiences of the wood heat markets in the United Kingdom and Europe. More than 55 leaders from the wood heat, education, public and nonprofit sectors attended the event, which was funded by the Northeastern States Research Cooperative

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.