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"The Economic Contribution of the Sawmill Industry in New Hampshire," a report prepared for the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association by Plymouth State University's Center for Business and Community Partnerships, with import/export data provided by Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC, is now available for reading and downloading on the NHTOA website.
Printed copies will be available at NHTOA's office in Concord beginning Feb. 15. Contact the office if you're interested in receiving a copy.
Click here to read the full 18-page report.
One of the nicest moments at the 23rd annual Loggers & Truckers Convention, held on Oct. 22 at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in Bartlett, N.H., came when longtime NHTOA member Rocky Bunnell donned a special Carhartt jacket. Earlier this year, Rocky was honored with the President's Award from the American Logging Council for his many years of tireless advocacy on behalf of loggers, foresters, and the forestry community. The jacket was a special recognition for the honor Rocky received.
"The future of our industry is up to us," he said as he pushed his arms through the jacket's sleeves. "We are the best advocates for our businesses. Let's not ever hesitate to spread the good word about all that we do."
Loggers know how to have fun, and they know how to make their fun benefit a great cause. This year's Log-A-Load fundraising program raised $6,805.64 for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, also known as CHaD. A check in that amount was presented to CHaD by NHTOA executive director Jasen Stock at the 23rd annual Loggers & Truckers convention at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel on Oct. 22.
The centerpiece of the NHTOA's Log-A-Load program is the annual sporting clays Fun Shoot -- "Golf with shotguns" is how Jasen described the event at the convention -- which was held in August of this year at the Green Mountain Shooting Preserve in Effingham, N.H. More than 100 NHTOA members, supporters, friends, and staff participated this year, and the funds raised were more than triple last year's total.
“People who own timberland and who are in the forest products industry are outdoors-oriented by definition,” said Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director. “Shooting sports is a natural for them, and support for our sporting clays trap-shooting event is growing tremendously. The fact that the Fun Shoot benefits CHaD, one of the best children’s hospitals in New England, also encourages great participation.”
At the Fun Shoot, participants took aim at 50 sporting clays at 10 shooting stands at the Green Mountain facility. Sponsors supporting the Fun Shoot included: Wagner Forest Management Ltd., New England Mat, Farm Credit East, J.M. Champeau, Madison Lumber Mill, Manac Trailers, Pleasant River Lumber, QDMA First N.H. Chapter, Zambon Brothers Logging, Bear Country Powersports, Peters Logging, Engie – Pinetree Power, Tucker Mountain Maple, Chadwick Baross, Pine Tree Lumber, White Mountain Lumber, Eversource, Nortrax, Cersosimo Lumber, Cousineau, Freightliner, and G.H. Berlin Windward.
“This event has become established on the industry’s calendar,” said Ray Barthilaume of Wagner Forest Management Ltd., chairman of the New Hampshire Log-a-Load Committee. “It brings together industry and landowner members in an activity that many of us love to do anyway, so doing it to benefit CHaD was just icing on the cake.”
NHWEC analyzed the use of wood fuels in calendar year 2015 in hospitals, schools, municipal buildings, and private businesses across the state. In the last 10 years, more than 120 new installations have been made, nearly always replacing imported heating oil.
Key findings of the 2015 analysis include:
* Savings in annual heating costs (versus average fossil fuel cost) - $11.8 million.
* Direct spending on local fuels (wood pellets and chips instead of exporting fuel dollars for oil) - $5.8 million.
* Total value of economic impact generated - $35.9 million.
* Net reduction in CO2 emissions (by switching to wood fuels) - 69,091 tons.
"It's clear that advanced wood heating technology is generating significant benefits for New Hampshire, said Rick DeMark, coordinator of NHWEC. "Modern, clean wood chip and pellet boilers are now heating a wide array of bigger buildings in our state. By switching to wood fuels, we keep our fuel dollars here, support our local economy and improve our forest resource base."
The study documented wood fuel use in these buildings at 7,500 tons of pellets and 94,000 tons of wood chips during 2015. These fuels are nearly entirely produced within N.H., supporting hundreds of jobs.
The study did not evaluate residential use of wood and wood pellets, which has also grown dramatically in NH. A study of US Census Bureau data by the Alliance for Green Heat found that wood use as a primary heating fuel grew more than 90 percent from 2000 to 2010 in New Hampshire, to more than eight percent of households, or about 36,000 households.
"NH exports over $600 million for fossil heating fuels annually," said Charlie Niebling, a consultant with Innovative Natural Resource Solutions and author of the study. "We can sustainably displace about 25 percent of this with modern wood heating from New Hampshire forests. This transition can create jobs and economic opportunity at a time when other low-grade forest product markets like pulp and paper are declining, and support good forest management."