PSU Presents Lecture on New England Regional Wood Supply May 1

April 19th, 2007 by Adam

For hundreds of years, one of New England’s highest-quality renewable natural resources has been wood. However, market forces, governmental regulation
and foreign competition have dramatically changed the wood-products industry. Additionally, there is debate about how much of this resource will be available, accessible and sustainable in the future. There is also discussion about highest and best application for our finite forest resources.

PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships presents a lecture, “New England Regional Wood Supply,”
to further discussion about this critical time in the region’s economy.

The lecture will be held May 1, at 1 p.m., in Boyd Science Center, Room 001. The event is free and open to the public.

The speakers include Randall Morin from the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station – FIA, Jasen Stock from the N.H. Timberland Owners Association (TOA) and Dan Sundquist, research director for the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (SPNF). The group will discuss the wood supply in northeastern forests. The discussion will also include U.S. Forest Service information about regional wood supply and the recent woods supply report form from TOA and SPNF.

Each of the three speakers bring a different area of expertise to a complex set of questions. Each speaker works with slightly different data sets and uses different lenses for interpreting that data. Collectively, these speakers provide a multifaceted and comprehensive discussion of our today’s forest resources in New Hampshire, which lead to recommendations on how best to use those resources.

This lecture is part of larger series entitled Growing a Sustainable Economy in Rural New England. This series is brought to you both by the E4 Coalition and the Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships.

For more information, contact the Center for Rural Partnerships at (603) 535-3275.

E4 is a coalition of organizations (including the NH Dept. of Agriculture, North Country RC&D, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Northern Forest Center, Plymouth State University, and the US Forest Service)concerned with economy, ecology, energy, and entrepreneurship.

To learn more about the E4 Coalition, please visit http://e4coaltion.com

For more informtion abouty this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu