Kennebec Lumber Company Innovation GrantThe Center recently awarded an innovation grant to Kennebec Lumber Company’s manufacturing facility in Solon, Maine, to support staff training for the company’s investment in a new rip saw, which narrows boards to exact dimensions for hardwood flooring.
 
“The Northern Forest Center’s assistance has enabled Kennebec Lumber and our entire business ecosystem to benefit from increased productivity, technology, and sustainability,” said Robert Martin, chief financial officer for Kennebec Lumber. “The Center has a complete understanding of all aspects of environmental, recreational, and business aspects of the Northeast Forest. This fact is what makes them such a valued contributor to our economy and lifestyle and so very enjoyable to conduct business with.”
 
In a previous project, the Center provided financial support to help expand the company’s sawmill in Grantham, NH.
 

Lakeshore House MaineThe Northern Forest Center recently awarded a $13,000 grant to the help the Lakeshore House restaurant, pub and hostel in Monson, Maine, improve energy efficiency, worker productivity, and customer comfort.

Located on the shores of Lake Hebron in downtown Monson, the Lakeshore House is a popular gathering place for local residents and seasonal visitors – and a source of jobs for more than a dozen people in one of Maine’s poorest counties.

Joe NEK Day Testifying

The 2nd annual Northeast Kingdom (NEK) Day took over the Vermont State House Jan. 28 as more than 150 people traveled to Montpelier to celebrate and share their successes and priorities for the Northeast Kingdom.

Center Vice President Joe Short joined the crowd and testified before the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs about the impact and importance of state support for regional marketing, the working lands economy and other strategies to attract and retain new residents and businesses in rural Vermont.

Carrabassett ValleyThe Northern Forest Center is delighted to announce that Carrabassett Valley Trails has joined the Borderlands mountain biking collaborative, expanding the number of Borderlands trail networks to eight.

The Borderlands initiative helps create and promote quality mountain biking experiences in eight communities across northern New Hampshire, western Maine, southern Quebec, and northeastern Vermont. It helps revitalize communities by creating new recreation opportunities for residents, attracting more visitors to support local businesses, and gaining positive attention for the region.