Save the Date!: Weeks Act Centennial Festival – July 29

May 20th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary.  The Weeks Act authorized the Federal purchase of land which has since helped to create 52 National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. These valuable forests now provide clean water, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, forest products and so much more.

We are celebrating this important legislation and milestone at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival on July 29th.  There will be areas of activity to enjoy in several Pavilions at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

The Main Pavilion will highlight partnerships in conservation, recreation, and a White Mountain Marketplace that showcases area services, products and attractions.  The Main Pavilion will also host the stage where music, comedy and storytelling will be presented.

The Forest and Family Experience Pavilion will have many hands-on, family-friendly activities, including Hike Safe instruction, Junior Ranger activities and forest explorations.  You will find forestry demonstrations from past and present, watch craftsmen create their wares from wood, and learn about all that the forests have to offer at the Woodlands Pavilion. Food and refreshments will be available all day long under the Festival Food Pavilion.

This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the Act.

For more information, go to, or call 603.536.6100.

The Life and Times of W.R. Brown

May 13th, 2011 by Alice

William Robinson Brown led the Brown company to international prominence as a source for scientific research and development

This student-produced video is based upon the lecture given by Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein to the Annual Meeting of the NH Timberland Owners Association in 2010.  The meeting took place at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.  Click here to watch it on YouTube.

The video was edited and narrated by Nicole DeGrandpre, a graduating senior at Plymouth State University.  Using Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s lecture and images from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, Nicole created an informative and compelling view into the life of a truly remarkable man.

Hey! Student Presentations Today! Join Us!

May 3rd, 2011 by Alice


PSU students present their engaged research from 3:30-6:00 on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This afternoon in Heritage Common, PSU students will present the results of their engaged research. The range of topics and areas of interest reflect current and emerging regional priorities. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how PSU students express the value of their education through service, functional contributions, and intellectual expansion. These presentations are among the brightest highlights of our work and we hope you’ll join us. Co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Partnerships and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.  The presentations begin at 3:30 pm and will conclude at 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.



Engaged Student Research Showcase

April 25th, 2011 by Alice
Tuesday, May 3, 2011      3:30pm – 6:00pm       Heritage Common

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The Center for Rural Partnerships and the Social Science Department at PSU invite you to attend this presentation of engaged student research.  In each of the projects, PSU students worked with off-campus organizations to shape and conduct the research.  This event showcases the fruits of their labors.

Each time we’re privileged to do this, we’re impressed with the thoughtful and creative ways in which the students approach their work and support one another in executing project activities—maintaining a high level of scholarship throughout.  This set of projects is particularly compelling, spanning a wide range of content areas while maintaining threads that pull them together into a cohesive whole.

  • Maximizing Community Benefits from Large Infrastructure Projects presented by Katie Beairsto and Dean Williams
  • Heritage Tourism in Crawford Notch presented by Rachelle Lyons and Nathan Pasquale
  • Social Media, Education, and the Weeks Act Centennial presented by Nicole DeGrandpre and Kelly Rice
  • Community Energy Planning presented by Thomas Evans
  • Assessing and Communicating About University Engagement presented by James Boynton, Kaleb Hart, and Christopher Lauria

The showcase begins promptly at 3:30 pm, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  Parking is available on the street at meters, in the public lot by the athletic center (with free shuttle service to the campus entrance nearest the venue), and by permit with advance arrangement.  Please contact Melissa (, Alice (, or Thad ( for parking permits and event-related information.

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Passing Interest

April 14th, 2011 by Alice

Thaddeus C Guldbrandsen

Spring is here!  It’s brought with it a flurry of exciting activity that I look forward to sharing here.  Right now, though, I’m in the thick of it and today’s note reflects the fact that I’m walking out the door (again) as soon as I hit the “Publish” button.

We have received a number of requests for assistance, research, and assessment of the Northern Pass Project, so I think it might be useful to provide a clear statement about where we stand:

Plymouth State University and the Center for Rural Partnerships are not taking a position on the Northern Pass in any way.

Plymouth State University is a diverse community, comprised of people with many different perspectives. As an institution, we are not intervening in the conversation.  As individual citizens we are free to exercise our First Amendment rights as we see fit.

At this time, we have no plans to do any research or write anything about the project’s implications or its impacts.  We are involved with on-going conversations with other intuitions of higher learning and state agencies about appropriate roles for us to play, working in collaboration with other neutral partners.  We believe that this neutrality provides the best opportunity to be of service to the region.  More about why in the near future.

Until next time,




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TONIGHT! NH Timber Owners Association Centennial Commemoration in Berlin!

March 30th, 2011 by Alice

The New Hampshire Timber Owners Association (NHTOA) was founded in 1911 by a small group of landowners who were concerned with the threat of forest fires.  In the 100 years since its inception, it has grown to become a “non-profit statewide coalition of landowners, forest industry professionals, government officials, and supporters who work together to promote better forest management, conserve our working forests, and insure a strong forest products industry.”  Through education, advocacy, outreach, and cooperation this vital organization strives to conserve New Hampshire’s working forests for future generations through innovative collaborations with interested organizations and communities.

Tonight, the NHTOA celebrates its centennial anniversary with an exciting program to be presented in the Brown Company House Museum at the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin, NH.

New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association

Centennial Commemoration – Event Program

March 30, 2011 – 6:30 PM

  • Brown Company House Museum Greeting – Larry Kelly, CAP Executive Director
  • NHTOA Welcome and Introductions – Jasen Stock, NHTOA Executive Director
  • Historical Background and Weeks Panel Notes – Linda Upham-Bornstein, Center for Rural Partnerships, Plymouth State University
  • Museum of the White Mountains, Catherine Amidon, Plymouth State University
  • Greetings and Congratulations, Honorable Paul Grenier, Mayor of Berlin
  • Looking back at 100 Years of NHTOA – City of Berlin perspective – Paul Grenier
  • Selections from Memoirs of Edgar Hirst, First State Forester – Brad Simpkins, New Hampshire State Forester
  • Reading of the Gubernatorial Proclamation – Brad Simpkins
  • Looking back at 100 Years of NHTOA – State of New Hampshire perspective – Brad Simpkins
  • Looking back at 100 Years of NHTOA – USFS WMNF perspective – Ned Therrien, USFS (Retired)
  • Looking back at 100 Years of NHTOA – New Hampshire Forest Products Industry – Industry Representatives
  • Unveiling of Centennial Commemoration Plaque – Ann Davis, NHTOA President, and Andre Belanger, Sculptor

…Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

…The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will be open for the occasion.

…The Weeks Panels will be available for viewing.

…The Brown Company House Museum Gift Shop will be open.


Brown Company House Museum
962 Main Street
Berlin, NH

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Free Public Forum on State Budget Shortfall & Impact on Human Services

March 28th, 2011 by Alice

March 28, 2011

The Forum on the State Budget Shortfall & Impact to Human Services, that was originally scheduled for March 9 and cancelled, due to weather, has been  rescheduled for Thursday, April 14 at 3:30 PM, at the Plymouth State University Savage Welcome Center and Ice Arena.

Forum on Budget Shortfall & Impact to Social Services. Thu April 14 3:30 PM. Savage Welcome Center & Ice Arena at Plymouth State University.

Development of New Hampshire’s next biennial budget is under way and proposed and potential cuts to services will be felt locally.  Jeff McLynch of the NH Fiscal Policy Institute will outline the history of New Hampshire’s legislative state budgeting process and the challenge of funding state services.  He will discuss the state’s tax structure, why the state faces a budget shortfall and what options the legislature has to address it–now and in the future.

The process of creating and passing a state budget is complicated. If you’d like to learn more about it and, more specifically, about the anticipated effects on the Pemi-Baker region, we encourage you to attend this community forum.

The forum is free and is sponsored by NHcares, an organization of human service providers focused on the need to maintain and strengthen the safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.  The event is hosted by the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University.

Questions and RSVPs should be sent to:

Christina D’Allesandro, NHcares Coordinator
phone: 603.203.6001

(Sending an RSVP makes it possible for us to notify you if the date, content, or location of the event change.)

The Savage Welcome Center and Ice Arena has its own spacious parking lot and is located at 129 NH Rt-175A (Holderness Road) Plymouth, NH 03264  For more information about the facility, itself, please contact:

Ken Knight, Arena Manager
(603) 535-3360

Scott Shedd, Assistant Manager
(603) 535-3361

Melissa Smock, Office Support Services
(603) 535-3362


“Logging And The Weeks Act” on NHPR’s The Exchange this week

March 28th, 2011 by Alice

"Logging and the Weeks Act" on The Exchange on NHPR. Wednesday, March 30. Live at 9 AM, rebroadcast at 8 PM.

Continuing its series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act (the legislation that created the eastern National Forest system),  The Exchange on NHPR presents; “Logging and The Weeks Act”.

Catch it live on Wednesday, March 30 at 9 AM or when it is rebroadcast that evening at 8 PM.*  If neither of those times is convenient, you can visit the page later and either stream or download the audio file.  Past episodes of the series can be found here.

From the NHPR web page about the broadcast:

    At the turn of the 20th century, forests in the White Mountains were being clear cut and many were worried about the damage logging had done to the White’s.  The Weeks Act of 1911, helped protect these forests by the purchasing of land by the federal government.  Over time standards were set as to the amount loggers could log in the state.  Although they adapted, there have been challenges to the industry.  There has been the debate over logging in road less areas of the White Mountain National Forest as well as the change in industry in the North Country. Paper and pulp mills have been shutting down, while wood pellet and biomass plants have been popping up.  Today as we continue our look at the Weeks Act, we get an update on the logging industry, the challenges they face and what the future may hold for them.

*[Note: if you want to call in and participate, the morning show is the one you want!]

New! Community Roadmap Brochure Explains the Project and the Process.

March 25th, 2011 by Alice

You’ve probably seen our links to the full Community Roadmap to Renewable Woody Biomass Energy file.  It’s a wonderful, interactive tool for helping groups of many kinds consider whether or not woody biomass-fueled energy/district heating is a viable option for their circumstances and desires.  But what if you just want to understand what the Roadmap is about–for your own knowledge or to share with someone else?  Download this handy pamphlet for text and visual descriptions of the issues and the process.  Simple, quick, easy to follow.  People who want to know more, can download the full Roadmap tool.  Both are free and available to the public.

Be Sure to Listen to The Exchange on Monday!

March 25th, 2011 by Alice

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011 – Rumor has it that on Monday, March28, The Exchange topic of the day will have something to do with The Weeks Act Centennial.  Marcia Schmidt Blaine (PSU, History & Philosophy Dept. Chair) was interviewed about the life of John Wingate Weeks by Keith Shields of NHPR.  If you miss the morning broadcast, it’s replayed in the evening and available on the NHPR website.

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