Public policy is an important tool for accelerating the adoption of modern wood heating across the Northern Forest and beyond. Using the stories and data from our Model Neighborhood Initatives, the Center advocates for energy policies at the state and federal level that will make it easier for the domestic wood pellet and wood chip heating sectors to grow.

Over 200 people and organizations joined The Northern Forest Center and Sustainable Northwest on our letter to President Obama and leaders of Congress to establish to craft and support national energy policies that promote woody biomass thermal energy markets.

The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced the winners of its 2013 round of grants. The Commission’s focus is to help address the community and economic development needs of the most severely distressed portions of the Northern Forest region.

The Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton, NH has been established this week of September 9th! The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT) has acquired the land on behalf of four communities. Now, the communities of the communities of Easton, Franconia, Landaff, and Sugar Hill will permanently protect this special place, benefit from the economic proceeds from timber sales, and enjoy public access to the forest. Congratulations to our Director of Forestry, Julie Renaud Evans; Rebecca Brown, Executive Director of ACT and the Planning Committee.