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  • Into the Woods - New England Forestry Foundation
    hard earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating It s important our donors trust that we re using our funding wisely to protect New England s forests for future generations said NEFF s executive director Bob Perschel Our 4 star rating demonstrates to our supporters that we are operating efficiently and responsibly NEFF s rating and other information about charitable giving are available on www charitynavigator org More detailed information about NEFF s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users About Charity Navigator Charity Navigator www charitynavigator org is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability Transparency of more than 8 000 charities Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates ensuring unbiased evaluations nor does it charge the public for this trusted data About NEFF New England Forestry Foundation NEFF has been conserving forests for future generations since 1944 NEFF owns and manages 144 community forests throughout New England For more information on NEFF please call 978 952 6856 or visit newenglandforestry org Add a comment Fall Photography Contest Details Created 25 September 2015 Photographs have the power to inspire New England Forestry Foundation invites you to share your photographs of New England s forests to help us conserve forests for future generations Capture images of people wildlife and landscapes in New England s 33 million acres of forestland and share them with us Submission Guidelines Submit photographs via email or via Instagram using neforestry and NEFFphoto We look forward to sharing your photographs to help inspire forest conservation throughout New England Submission Deadline November 15 2015 Add a comment Climate Week Event The Benefits of Building with Wood Details Created 15 September 2015 Tall Wood in the City New York City September 15 2015 On the opening night of Climate Week panelists at the Sustainable Development Benefits of Building with Wood event will look to our nation s forests for innovative climate solutions Organized by New England Forestry Foundation the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry at the Yale School of Forestry Environmental Studies and Sustainability Practice Network the panel will consider how wood construction could play a revolutionary part in reducing the extent of future climate change The panel is part of a global conversation examining the role of trees in climate policy describes Robert Perschel Executive Director of New England Forestry Foundation We are gathering leaders in architecture engineering and forestry to raise awareness of the benefits and potential for using wood in commercial buildings The panel is part of Climate Week which has encouraged climate change discussions awareness and action over the past seven years Community groups universities NGOs and companies from around the world will host over 140 events from September 21 28 across New York City Topics are surprising and diverse ranging

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  • Into the Woods - New England Forestry Foundation
    The Wilderness Society s Director of Land Ethics Gaylord helped me plot out a strategy for the program and offered advice on The Land Ethic Toolbox which we published in 2002 One of our most cherished family tales involves the day Senator Nelson came to our house in Worcester to catch a bit of rest between Earth Day speaking engagements I was involved in escorting the Senator to various sites around town and we headed home for a few hours of down time before the evening reception I made sure that Gaylord was comfortable in our upstairs guest bedroom and retreated downstairs to allow him to take a nap Add a comment Read more Memories of Gaylord Nelson Spring Photo Contest UPDATED Details Created 15 April 2015 After the successes of our Fall and Winter Photo Contests New England Forestry Foundation is excited to announce our first ever SPRING Photo Contest We want to see your spring photographs from NEFF forests around New England Due to all of the amazing photos we ve been recieving and how late spring arrived in New England we have decided to extend our Spring Photo Contest until May 31st 2015 at 11pm to give everyone time to send in their spectacular photos You may submit as many spring photographs taken at our community forests as you would like just be sure to include your name which forest you took the photo at and the year when the photo was taken so if you have a favorite photo from years past we d still love to see it Photographs may be submitted on our Facebook page tagged on Twitter with NEForestry and NEFFphoto tagged on Instagram with NEForestry and NEFFphoto or they can be emailed to As photos are submitted we ll post them on social media for others to look at and appreciate Add a comment Read more Spring Photo Contest UPDATED Into the Wood Details Created 14 April 2015 By Katie Dolan Once upon a time New Englanders used wood from their heavily forested hills to build and heat homes barns and work places In the 1800s extensive logging denuded much of the region s rolling landscape Wooden structures gave way to taller steel and concrete buildings especially in cities In 2015 the region is once again 80 percent forested Six intrepid crusaders seek to increase the use of wood in buildings once again this time in part to protect our forests They extoll wood s positive physiological effects and describe new ways of working with wood that are stronger faster less flammable flexible and better for the environment than other building materials In this modern forest fable a university professor imagines a wood building as the crown jewel of her campus a former Congressman seeks carbon sequestration an urban architect cajoles his peers towards timber an industry expert pushes wood construction for affordable housing and New England Forestry Foundation leaders envision ways for the region s trees to serve as a Green

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  • Into the Woods - New England Forestry Foundation
    the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway directly above the Haymarket MBTA station The 28 000 square foot Market will house over 40 permanent year round vendors selling locally produced items such as farm fresh produce meat and poultry cheese fish and shellfish bread and baked goods flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods Add a comment Read more Bringing Local Wood to the Boston Public Market A Walk Into the Woods a Flight of Forest Fantasy Details Created 22 December 2014 Wishful Thinking Not Enough for New England s Forests By Lisa Hayden Disney s newest blockbuster film shares the name of New England Forestry Foundation s blog Into the Woods Our blog introduces the woods to one and all framing up the gifts the forest provides clean air and water holiday crafts recreational opportunities wildlife habitat and sustainable wood products In Disney s Into the Woods as in the original Steven Sondheim s musical characters make wishes and to bring their wishes to fruition they must go into the woods Classic fairy tale characters Jack of Beanstalk fame Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood join Sondheim s own additions to the fairy tale panoply the Baker and his Wife in a chaotic rumpus through a dark and often threatening forest The film opens Christmas Day and promises fun performances by Meryl Streep as The Witch and Johnny Depp as The Wolf quintessential villains of the fairy tale woods Add a comment Read more A Walk Into the Woods a Flight of Forest Fantasy Winter Photo Contest Details Created 15 December 2014 After the success of our Fall Photo Contest New England Forestry Foundation is excited to announce our first ever Winter Photo Contest We want to see your winter photographs from NEFF forests around New England The contest opens today and will close on February 15 th 2015 at 11pm You may submit as many winter photographs taken at our community forests as you would like just be sure to include your name which forest you took the photo at and the year when the photo was taken so if you have a favorite photo from years past we d still love to see it Photographs may be submitted on our Facebook page tagged on Twitter with NEForestry and NEFFphoto tagged on Instagram with NEForestry and NEFFphoto or they can be emailed to As photos are submitted we ll post them on social media for others to look at and appreciate Add a comment Read more Winter Photo Contest GivingTuesday Details Created 20 November 2014 By Kearstin Bailey New England Forestry Foundation has joined GivingTuesday a first of its kind effort that harnesses the collective power of charities families businesses and individuals to transform how people think about and participate in the giving season On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving the GivingTuesday movement asks people to donate in support of their preferred charities Taking place December 2 2014 the Tuesday after Thanksgiving GivingTuesday will harness the power of social

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  • Into the Woods - New England Forestry Foundation
    holiday season There truly is something for everyone on your list Select from beautiful wooden kitchen accessories to gifts for the home classic games and toys for kids young and old stationery and cards maple syrup and candy holiday decorations getaways and more all are sustainably produced in New England Below are some suggestions to help with your holiday shopping with links to the products in the titles so you can easily click to check out the vendor s wares Have fun and happy holidays from all of us at New England Forestry Foundation Add a comment Read more Be Green and Buy Local This Holiday Season Fall Photo Contest Details Created 21 October 2014 New England Forestry Foundation is thrilled to announce our first ever Fall Photo Contest We want to see your autumn photographs from NEFF forests around New England The contest opens today and will close on November 16 2014 at 11pm You may submit as many fall photographs taken at our community forests as you would like just be sure to include your name which forest you took the photo at an d the year when the photo was taken so if you have a favorite photo from years past we d still love to see it Photographs may be submitted on our Facebook page tagged on Twitter with NEForestry and NEFFphoto tagged on Instagram with NEForestry and NEFFphoto or they can be emailed to KBailey newenglandforestry org As photos are submitted we ll post them on social media and here on the blog for people to look at and appreciate Add a comment Read more Fall Photo Contest Favorite Fall Hiking Destinations Details Created 08 October 2014 By Kearstin Bailey The staff here at New England Forestry Foundation loves to hike Just in time for Columbus Day we ve rounded up our staff s top picks for hiking and enjoying the fall weather in no particular order because they re all so wonderful and we want you to enjoy each of them So what are you waiting for get out and get exploring at one of NEFF s community forests Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest 150 acres in Center Harbor New Hampshire One of NEFF s most popular forests this piece of land gets over 20 000 visitors per year who come to see the diverse habitat and well developed trail system The trails here are relatively flat so they re user friendly to all levels of hikers One of the most popular trails at this forest leads Squam Lake it s a gorgeous place to bring your lunch and enjoy it on the waterfront so be sure you have a camera to capture it all Take the time to visit this year and see what all the talk is about Add a comment Read more Favorite Fall Hiking Destinations Branching Out Trees As Art Details Created 18 September 2014 By Kearstin Bailey Philosopher Alan Watts once said that If you go off into a far

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  • Into the Woods - New England Forestry Foundation
    era of increasing resource scarcity and associated rise in the price of certain key components of the global economy particularly oil with consequent ripples throughout the economy Grantham punctuated his talk with charts showing for example declining rates of growth in agricultural production and limitations on the availability of basic commodities such as phosphate rock crucial for agricultural production Grantham punctuated his talk with jokes and humor noting at one point regarding his early call on rising commodity prices I was the first to say Dude the price of stuff is going up From Grantham s global perspective we turned to the regional with the roll out of NEFF s new report New England Forests The Path to Sustainability The report shows the benefits of forests to all residents of the region and outlines billions of dollars of economic benefits The report echoes Grantham s talk with chapters detailing the role that renewable forest resources can play in combating climate change and reducing our use of other resources Add a comment Read more From Local to Global NEFF s Annual Celebration The Greening of America Revisited and Revised Details Created 22 April 2014 by Bob Perschel When Charles Reich s pivotal 1970 s book The Greening of America is mentioned today people immediately think it was about the environment It wasn t It was titled before the first Earth Day and before the word green developed its current cachet As a student in Charley s class at Yale I learned the book was primarily about a shift in human consciousness and rarely mentioned the environment But as I reconsider his book through my years as an environmental advocate I have come to believe it really has everything to do with how we relate to the natural world In today s lexicon Reich s book would be better titled The Rejuvenation of American Consciousness because what he was really trying to do was to wake people up to a new way of being in American society that included a broad range of personal and political freedoms as well as how we relate to and care for the natural world In fact the publication was held up because of concern over the title but it wasn t an environmental concern In those days the term Greening had not yet taken on the connotation it has today the process of making decisions based on or becoming more aware of environmental considerations Add a comment Read more The Greening of America Revisited and Revised The Elixir of Spring Details Created 17 March 2014 by Eben Sypitkowski Maple syrup gets a lot of attention this time of year in New England and deservedly so But since it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup boiling down my own sap can demand a lot of my time sitting by my electric stove watching the sap boil and my wallpaper melt away The windows fog up and my carbon footprint expands So I

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  • Into the Woods - New England Forestry Foundation
    General Resources Connecticut landowners Maine landowners Massachusetts landowners New Hampshire landowners Vermont landowners For Foresters For Land Trusts Land Trust Toolkit 1 0 Hawley FAQs Blog Into the Woods The Deep Woods Into the Woods The Deep Woods A Response to the Tax Exempt Status of Conservation Land in Massachusetts Details Created 18 February 2014 By Douglas Hallward Driemeier who heads the Supreme Court and Appellate Practice at Ropes Gray LLP and represented NEFF in recent arguments before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court regarding the tax exempt status of conservation land in Massachusetts For those who have opened the newspaper as of late there s a distinct possibility that readers have noticed articles and commentary regarding NEFF s efforts to protect forested lands in New England In particular a matter before the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts could determine whether Massachusetts charitable tax exemption statute affords tax exempt status to real estate owned by a bona fide conservation charity like NEFF This statute is extremely important in that conservation organizations have relied on it for decades Over fifty years ago the Supreme Judicial Court considered another case involving NEFF Carroll v Commissioner of Corporations and Taxation and specifically ruled that NEFF s efforts to protect conserve and sustainably manage New England s forestland are work for the public good and charitable work within the meaning of the tax exemption statute This remains as true today as it was fifty years ago Add a comment Read more A Response to the Tax Exempt Status of Conservation Land in Massachusetts Score one for the trees and the Gaia hypothesis Details Created 12 February 2014 By Frank Lowenstein Score one for trees and for the Gaia hypothesis the theory that life on earth helps stabilize conditions on our planet keeping it a pleasant

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  • A Walk “Into the Woods”… a Flight of Forest Fantasy - New England Forestry Foundation
    woods to one and all framing up the gifts the forest provides clean air and water holiday crafts recreational opportunities wildlife habitat and sustainable wood products In Disney s Into the Woods as in the original Steven Sondheim s musical characters make wishes and to bring their wishes to fruition they must go into the woods Classic fairy tale characters Jack of Beanstalk fame Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood join Sondheim s own additions to the fairy tale panoply the Baker and his Wife in a chaotic rumpus through a dark and often threatening forest The film opens Christmas Day and promises fun performances by Meryl Streep as The Witch and Johnny Depp as The Wolf quintessential villains of the fairy tale woods Watching the movie trailer got me thinking Why do forests get such a bad rap as dark scary places Forests are certainly mystical and are often portrayed in literature and fantasy films as dangerous places of enchantment In Tolkien s Lord of the Rings trilogy the Ents of Middle Earth are ancient wise and slow moving forest dwellers They eventually help the hobbits by joining the battle against second string villain Saruman Photo right by Flickr user Michael Hanscom used with Creative Commons license In the Star Wars saga Luke goes to the wooded swampy planet of Dagoba to come to terms with The Force within him and commune with Jedi knight and spiritual advisor Yoda In the popular HBO series Game of Thrones Weirwood trees with blood red leaves and sap and faces carved in their white bark grow in the center of godswoods in the kingdom of Westeros They are places of refuge and worship for the Stark family heroes of the story And in the Harry Potter books and movies the hero and his friends must serve detention in the Forbidden Forest near Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft which is otherwise off limits except for lessons in Care of Magical Creatures Man has a complicated relationship with Nature we need worship and co exist with the natural world even as we seek to control and profit from it Likewise our mixed feelings about forests seem to be rooted both in past human history and in complex and powerful symbolism The woods can be forbidding at times dank untamed places where who knows what kind of critters might lurk in the underbrush fisher cats or salamanders or in the tree canopy ready to fly out and spook you owls and bats Of course there is another side to the woods the peaceful cool sun dappled places of reflection where we go to escape our hectic civilized lives These woods in Robert Frost s words are lovely dark and deep This is where many of us find spiritual renewal just by being out in nature Just like in the movies the forest holds solutions for us too In early New England when our states were only colonies most of the continent was covered with

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  • The Coolest Blanket - New England Forestry Foundation
    to hibernate Voles and mice don t hibernate but do count on snow to keep them warm and for protection from predators above think of owl and hawks However denser older snow that has accumulated more water won t be as helpful an insulator Erratic freezing and thawing cycles contribute to the loss of such properties as the pockets of air become replaced with ice Check out this Audubon magazine article to read more about the secret life under snow As climate change gradually transforms our surroundings this winter s white excess has become less common Many regions are experiencing disruptive climate variation in the form of uncharacteristic dryness or wetness California for example relies on its winter snowpack for summer water this year there is little snow to be found in the Sierras Meanwhile England is facing record breaking floods Historical records from NH s Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest dating back to the 1950s show that snowpack in the Northeast has decreased steadily over the years and fallen snow is increasingly transient With less snowfall the ground is less protected from harsh temperatures and the soil may freeze It s like an uncomfortably cold winter night spent in bed without a blanket but with broad ecological implications Many researchers have focused on figuring out what exactly reduced snowpack may mean for our northern hardwood forests A quick perusal of the scientific literature reveals numerous studies exploring this freezer burn like phenomenon Snow removal experiments simulate the potential future of forests in which the blanket of snow is thinner Researchers have shown that warmer winters with less snow will affect tree physiology and productivity water availability and root nutrient uptake When the ground freezes ice crystals formed within the soil may damage tree roots inhibiting rates of nutrient uptake Fine

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