PSU To Host E4 Conference June 1-2

May 2nd, 2007 by Adam

What will New England’s rural economy look like in 50 years? Who will make the important decisions to guide our region into a prosperous and healthy future? That’s the focus of a two-day program entitled “Exploring Your Woodland Opportunities.” The June 1-2 conference and expo is designed to promote creative and collaborative projects that make use of northern New England’s forest resources, while being mindful of our responsibilities as land stewards to protect our valuable forest ecology long into the future. The program is especially oriented toward landowners, farmers, foresters, loggers and agencies who serve them. Sponsors for this event are diverse and their wide ranging interests and expertise illustrate the importance of the future of our forests and how innovation and entrepreneurship impacts their fields.

Patrick McDermott, Economic and Community Development Manager, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, believes the E4 Conference is an important step in planning the future of a valuable Granite State resource.

“PSNH believes that it is critical to have a regional plan that balances the need to use forests products with the sustainability of the forests for future generations, said McDermott. “PSNH supports the e4 Coalition conference because we believe that the participants will gain practical knowledge that will help them ensure the sustainability of New Hampshire’s forests.”

Susan Arnold, Director of Conservation for the Appalachian Mountain Club agrees, saying,“With the many challenges facing rural New England, we are pleased to be part of a dynamic coalition of partners working together to consider the many ways our forests can continue to support local economies and contribute to our regional identity and culture.”

Speakers will present information and ideas relating to forest opportunities that can be implemented by landowners and communities to find creative solutions to expand economic opportunity, implement new technologies for renewable energy, promote local self-sufficiency and sustainability, find new uses for forest products, cultivate local food production, and preserve valued forest landscapes.

The conference is organized by the E4 Coalition (Energy, Ecology, Economy and Entrepreneurship), an active, dynamic and ever-growing network of institutions, communities, organizations and landowners cooperating to learn and apply proven and experimental technologies and practices that utilize forest resources for economic and societal benefits, conservation, and energy self-reliance.

Members represent a wide variety of organizations in New Hampshire, including the Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships; New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food; USDA Forest Service; UNH Cooperative Extension; North Country Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D); Plymouth State University of Center for the Environment, and the Northern Forest Center.
To learn more about the upcoming conference, visit www.e4coalition.com where you can view workshop and presentation topics, speaker bios, participating organizations and businesses and online registration.

Entry fee is $50 for both days before May 1, $30 for one day before May 1. May 2 and later, $60 for both days and $40 for one day. If you would like to receive a copy of the conference brochure by mail, call the PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships at (603 ) 535-3275 or send e-mail to ruralinfo@plymouth.edu. Conference related inquiries can be directed to Abby Holm conference manager at forest_e4@mail.plymouth.edu.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr.,(603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu.