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We regularly post fresh content to our Into the Woods blog. Some posts are pulled from our print Into the Woods newsletter, and others are online-only exclusives. They range from quick takes on current events, to news and research connected to the New England woods, to stories of the people and places that inspire local forest conservation. Bookmark this page to look for new stories as they're published, or subscribe below to our Into the Woods email bulletin for alerts about new content.

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23Mar

Building Landowner Relationships Works in Western Maine

NEFF’s Western Maine Habitat Restoration initiative is seeing success in its landowner outreach efforts In late 2019, a small newspaper ad in the Rumford Falls Times caught the eye of Kim Kavanagh (pictured above) during a break at her job at a local credit union in Western Maine. It showed the face of a furry […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted March 23, 2021
17Feb

Winter Harvests

Why does New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) harvest in winter, and what does climate change mean for the future of forestry? Writing by NEFF Director of Forest Stewardship Chris Pryor and Chief Operating Officer Frank Lowenstein Winter in New England. Hard ground, blanketed by cushioning snow. For generations, these conditions have made winter the time […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted February 17, 2021
25Aug

A Conservation Journey

How a childhood interest in nature and building wooden boats led to James Donovan protecting 350 acres of working Maine forestland Writing by Tinsley Hunsdorfer, photo of First Light Boatworks’ wooden power boats (above) by Christopher Smith Photography NY/Cape Cod This past winter, NEFF celebrated a land-protection win that served as the perfect cap to […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted August 25, 2020
22Jun

NEFF Launches Climate Challenge

Want to help reduce the climate crisis and create a more livable New England? Join the Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge Writing by Jennifer Shakun, Frank Lowenstein and Tinsley Hunsdorfer. New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is pleased to announce the official launch of its Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge, NEFF’s newest initiative and a key component of our climate […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted June 22, 2020
07May

Mass Timber’s Breakthrough

Writing by Frank Lowenstein, photo of a cross-laminated timber slab by Charlie Reinertsen It’s looking like 2020 is going to be the year mass timber breaks into the mainstream. Here are five articles out since the new year that look at different aspects of the mass timber construction movement, as well as two articles from […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted May 7, 2020
27Feb
RISD dorm made with CLT

New study on building with wood and global climate change has New England regional implications, part 2

By Robert Perschel, Executive Director, New England Forestry Foundation, and R. Alec Giffen, Senior Science and Policy Fellow, Clean Air Task Force. Photo by John Horner, courtesy of Rhode Island School of Design. In Part 1 of this blog, we reviewed new research from Churkina et al. (2020) that provides further evidence of the significant […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted February 27, 2020
31Jan
RISD dorm made with CLT

New study on building with wood and global climate change has New England regional implications, part 1

By Robert Perschel, Executive Director, New England Forestry Foundation, and R. Alec Giffen, Senior Science and Policy Fellow, Clean Air Task Force. Photo by John Horner, courtesy of Rhode Island School of Design. A new report from an international team of scientists concludes that managing forests better and using engineered wood products to build tall […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted January 31, 2020
11Feb
Snow-covered oak logs

What Is Exemplary Forestry and Why Does It Matter?

Since the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) was founded nearly 75 years ago, it has had a twin focus—land conservation and improving forest management. The results of our perspective on forest management are clear: after decades of management and multiple harvests, NEFF’s more than 145 Community Forests have extensive regeneration, large mature trees, and large […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted February 11, 2019
22Aug

Mass Timber Mills Coming to Maine — but where and when?

The mass timber supply chain is coming to New England but where and when, exactly, remains an open question. In February of this year, two companies announced they would be opening cross-laminated timber (CLT) factories in Maine within eighteen to twenty-four months. SmartLam, LLC of Montana committed to announcing a mill site as did North Carolina-based […]
By 36creative • Posted August 22, 2018
21Aug

NEFF to Advise MIT Mass Timber Design Project on Affordable Housing

It seems that each month presents an exciting new partnership in service of bringing mass timber construction to New England. This August, NEFF has been invited to advise MIT architect John Klein on a project to bring affordable housing design to developers. The project, “An Engineering Demonstration for a Mass Timber Affordable Housing Prototype for […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted August 21, 2018