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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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14Sep

$30 Million USDA Climate-Smart Commodities Award to Increase Carbon Storage in New England’s Forests

Media Contact: Andrea Colnes, NEFF Deputy Director & Climate Fellow, acolnes@newenglandforestry.org September 14, 2022 – Marking a transformative investment in our region’s forests, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program has awarded $30 million to the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and its partners to help forest landowners implement climate-smart forest […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted September 14, 2022
07Sep

Gaining Climate Momentum

Writing by NEFF Executive Director Bob Perschel and NEFF Communications Manager Tinsley Hunsdorfer After years of developing, practicing and promoting forest-based solutions to climate change, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is now perfectly positioned to take advantage of exciting, once in-a-lifetime opportunities like this year’s $1 billion USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Grant Program, which […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted September 7, 2022
20Jul

NEFF and Partners Apply for Game-Changing USDA Grant

Cutting carbon from our electricity and transportation sectors gets lots of attention, but protecting and growing natural carbon storage must play just as big a role in America’s climate plans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has prioritized this approach, and its Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program has created a $1 billion grant process to help […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted July 20, 2022
13Jan

Mass Timber Goes Primetime

Writing by NEFF Forest Policy Fellow Connor Rockett Top photo: A contemporary cross-laminated timber house under construction  With a nightly audience of more than a million viewers, the PBS Newshour brought mass timber construction into the spotlight in a recent segment about the Ascent Tower in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 25-story apartment building will be the […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted January 13, 2022
03Dec

Forest-to-Cities Roundup | Spring and Summer 2021

Writing by NEFF Forest Policy Fellow Connor Rockett and NEFF Climate-Forest Specialist Jen Shakun Top photo: Architecture graduate students from Wentworth Institute of Technology toured NEFF’s Prouty Woods property in Littleton, MA this summer and learned about sustainability in the mass timber supply chain. New England Forestry Foundation’s Forest-to-Cities Climate Challenge (FTC) is helping to […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted December 3, 2021
14Oct

Climate Solutions: Putting New England’s Woods to Work

Learn how we’re beginning to put Exemplary Forestry to work across the region, while also championing the sustainable wood these standards produce as a replacement for other, more energy-intensive building materials. In summer 2021, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) ran a climate solutions special issue of its newsletter, Into the Woods. The issue’s introduction and […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted October 14, 2021
14Oct

Climate Solutions: A New Climate Wedge

How much carbon dioxide can New England forests remove from or keep out of the atmosphere? In summer 2021, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) ran a climate solutions special issue of its newsletter, Into the Woods. The issue’s introduction and four articles are closely tied together, and so have been posted online as a single […]
By New England Forestry Foundation • Posted October 14, 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