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110th NHTOA Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. This year’s Annual Meeting will be a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following social-distancing advisories from federal and local health officials. Necessary information has been mailed to all NHTOA members and includes the 2020 Annual Report, an Annual Meeting Supplement with the meeting agenda and other information, materials for voting this year, and instructions on how to register and participate. The meeting will be hosted online by Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director.
Bear Brook State Park, Allenstown, N.H.
The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) in Concord, NH, is working in partnership with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Sciences on a new program to inform high school and junior high school students about careers in forestry, wildlife, natural resources, wood technology, logging, forest engineering, technology, sawmill operations, etc.
This partnership plans to develop job shadowing and apprenticeship programs for students. As a way to gauge interest in these programs and to introduce young men and women to career opportunities in the forest industry, we will host a Forest Career Field day on May 5, 2022, at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, NH.
We hope you will consider participating in this event as a sponsor, exhibitor, and/or volunteer. It’s extremely important that we have representation from many sectors of the forest products industry in order to expose and inform students of the career choices available to them, and to make the Field Day a success. Please consider becoming a sponsor and donating your time and expertise to this special event. And please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions you may have.
Call for Awards
Do you know a person or business involved in the forest products industry who ought to be recognized for outstanding professionalism, service to community, and service to the industry? If you do, why not nominate that person or business for one of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association’s (NHTOA) annual awards?
- New Hampshire Outstanding Logger
- New Hampshire Outstanding Forest Industry
- President's Award
- Kendall Norcott Award
It’s easy to submit a nomination.
1. Tell us in three or four sentences why you think your nominee should receive the award.
2. List two or three examples of the candidate’s professionalism. For a logger, this could include safety on the job, regulatory compliance, or good relationships with landowners and foresters. For a manufacturer, this could include plant safety, regulatory compliance, products of exceptional quality, or innovation.
3. Provide contact information about your nominee including: name, name of company, address (office and cell phone), and e-mail address.
4. Please also include your name and contact information with your submission.
5. The actual submission is easy, and you have three options:
To submit your nomination by e-mail:
To submit your nomination via fax:
Put NHTOA Award Nomination on your cover sheet and send it via: (603) 225-5898
To submit your nomination through the U.S. Postal Service, send it to:
NHTOA Awards Committee
c/o Jasen Stock
54 Portsmouth St.
Concord, NH 03301
All nominations must be received by Jan. 31, 2020.
Read the full Call for Awards brochure by clicking here.
AUGUST 5, 2019 -- The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) is extremely disappointed by Governor Chris Sununu’s veto of the biomass bill (House Bill 183) that had passed the state legislature with strong bipartisan support. House Bill 183 enacts the state policy (law) and will of the General Court that passed last year but was blocked by an out-of-state organization’s legal maneuvers before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and N.H. Public Utilities Commission.
The FERC litigation, governor’s veto, and resulting plant shutdowns have hurt the state’s timberland owners who are trying to conduct sustainable forestry. The veto also inflicts real damage on New Hampshire’s $1.4 billion timber industry, the state’s third-largest industry and a direct and indirect provider of thousands of jobs, most of them in rural areas where timber is a major contributor to local economies.
Moreover, the Governor’s veto also does not consider any avoided electric costs New Hampshire ratepayers will realize by having more local home-grown power (e.g., reduced transmission/capacity, line losses, etc.), or the new costs for regional replacement capacity the state will incur due to the loss of the biomass power plants.
Similar to last year’s Senate Bill 365, which also passed the N.H. House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, HB 183 provides a three-year bridge for New Hampshire’s six independent biomass power plants by requiring utilities to purchase baseload renewable generation credits. The bill’s costs are similar to those under SB 365. By vetoing these bills, the Governor has put at risk thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity. This veto will harm New Hampshire families that depend on those jobs.
“What is especially upsetting about last year’s and now this year’s veto of the biomass bills is the lack of recognition of the economic contribution from the state’s working forests, biomass power plants, and the thousands of hard working men and women who make their living in our forests and mills,” said Jasen Stock, NHTOA executive director.
These economic contributions are real and significant. According to a 2016 Plymouth State University economic study, just the six independent biomass power plants covered in HB 183 support 931 jobs and produce $254.5 million in annual economic activity. Biomass power plants consume more than 40 percent of all the timber harvested each year in New Hampshire. The low-grade markets these power plants support underpin the state’s forest products and sustainable forestry economy. In short, without viable markets for low-grade wood, there is no incentive for timberland owners to practice sustainable forest management.
“We thank the thousands of NHTOA members and supporters who helped us override last year’s veto of SB 365 and ask that you be ready to weigh in again this year as we work to overturn the Governor’s veto of HB 183 when the General Court reconvenes next month,” Stock commented. “In the meantime, as you meet candidates for all levels of state office, please take the time to impress upon them the importance of these bills to our communities and livelihoods. We look forward to overturning this veto and passing this bipartisan bill into law.”