Forestry Study Identifies Economic Development Opportunities in Rural New England Using Advanced Engineered Wood Products

New England Forestry Foundation


EVENT:           News conference

DATE:             Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TIME:              11:15 a.m.

PLACE:          University of Massachusetts Amherst
                       Design Building atrium
                       Parking in Lots 62 and 63 off North Pleasant Street

The New England Forestry Foundation will join leading state officials to announce the results of a federally supported study that shows new potential for economic development in rural New England through construction of an engineered wood products mill.

The study, funded by the U.S. Forest Service, identifies an opportunity to more strongly connect rural New England forests to construction in Greater Boston and New York City, with benefits for rural economic opportunity, the quality of urban buildings, and climate change mitigation. Advanced engineered wood products, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), now allow engineers and architects to bring the sustainability benefits of wood construction to mid- and high-rise wood buildings, such as the new UMass Design Building, currently the largest engineered wood building in New England. In Europe, Canada, Australia and the Pacific Northwest these materials have been used to build high-rise residential buildings and mid-rise commercial buildings.

Participants will include Jay Ash, state secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Dan Sieger, assistant secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Connie Carpenter, field office supervisor for New England and New York at the U.S. Forest Service; and Robert Perschel, executive director of the New England Forestry Foundation.  UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy will offer welcoming remarks.