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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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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
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
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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