In 2009, The Kennebec Land Trust approached the Maine Forest Service looking for opportunities to collaborate on the conservation of Kennebec County’s forests. The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) is focused on conserving forestland for its ecological, recreational, and community values. The Maine Forest Service (MFS) supports and advises state and private woodland owners and foresters in the sustainable management of publicly and privately owned woodlands.*
KLT and the MFS established the Kennebec Woodland Partnership (KWP) in 2009 to promote a landscape-level approach to forestland conservation in Kennebec County. KWP’s thirteen Partners collaborate on forest land conservation projects that support the region’s woods products, tourism, and recreational economies and protect water quality, wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and quality of life.
In 2013, KLT, KWP and three statewide partners - Maine Forest Service, CEI, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and GrowSmart Maine, launched Local Wood WORKS (LWW). The shared mission of the Local Wood WORKS partners is to advance forest-based local economies and support the long-term conservation and sustainability of Maine’s woodlands. The term “local” is used in a broad sense, (e.g. Maine, New England, the Maritimes).
On November 14, 2014 the LWW partners hosted Maine’s first ever Local Wood Works conference in Augusta. One hundred and twenty people from across the Northeast gathered to engage, discuss, and learn about local wood economies. The conference featured success stories from businesses that thrive from Maine’s forests in the logging, processing, fuel, home building, and fine wood working industries; and group discussions with business leaders, policy makers, landowners, and researchers on how best to improve and grow the local wood economy.
LWW partners have committed to promote:
• Sustainable forestry
• Land stewardship
• Strong and resilient local economies
• Conservation of both working woodlands and ecological reserves
• Reduced energy consumption and transportation costs based on local products
• Support for landowners, loggers, processors, manufacturers, and consumers
Local Wood WORKS Partners
1. Kennebec Woodland Partnership - Theresa Kerchner and Kirsten Brewer,KLT - 207-377-2848/Andy Shultz, Maine Forest Service
2. Kennebec Land Trust - Theresa Kerchner; P.O. Box 261 Winthrop, Maine; 04364 (207) 377-2848 www.tklt.org
3. Maine Forest Service - Kenneth M. Laustsen 22 State House Station; Augusta, ME 04333 and Morten Moesswilde; 536 Waldoboro Road Jefferson, ME 04348 (207) 441–2895 www.maineforestservice.gov
4. CEI | Capital for Opportunity and Change - Keith Bisson 30 Federal Street; Brunswick, ME 04011 www.ceimaine.org
5. Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Warren Whitney; 1 Bowdoin Mill IslandSuite 201; Topsham, ME 04086 (207) 729-7366 www.mcht.org
6. GrowSmart Maine - Nancy Smith; 415 Congress Street, Suite 204, Portland, ME 04101; (207) 699-4330 www.growsmartmaine.org
7. TNC - Tom Abello; 14 Maine Street; Suite 401; Brunswick, ME 04011; (207) 607-4843; www.nature.org
8. The Northern Forest Center - Mike Wilson; 131 Ocean St. South Portland, ME 04106; (603)-767-9952; www.northernforest.org