Congratulations to Local Wood Works for winning a Source Award from the Maine Sunday Telegram for championing Maine’s wood economy.
As Theresa Kerchner noted, “From the beginning, as we articulated our mission it was to both support long-term conservation and advance forest-based wood economies.” Theresa is the leader of the Kennebec Land Trust, the organization I am donating my woodlot to, and the person who initiated the Local Wood Works project by reaching out to the Maine Forest Service.
In 2013 KLT and the Maine Forest Service partnered with Coastal Enterprises, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and GrowSmart Maine, to launch Local Wood Works, which now has participating organizations all over the state, from The Nature Conservancy to Two Trees Forestry.
Recently the group launched a new project that connects consumers with local wood suppliers, from locally made beds to hemlock for a deck. They also provide information about the sources of wood at lumber mills and stores, so you can choose wood from Maine rather than wood from Australia.
You can learn more about this great project, and access all the valuable information they are providing us, at their new website, www.localwoodworks.org.