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In 2013, with support from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, the Kennebec Land Trust and the Maine Forest Service with three statewide partners (Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and GrowSmart Maine) launched Local Wood WORKS (LWW). The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Forest Center signed on as partners in 2015. 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.

We use the term “local” in a broad sense, (e.g., Maine, New England, the Maritimes), and our 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

  We are committed to promoting greater use of wood, as a locally-sourced and efficient heating alternative to fossil fuels, a light-weight and strong construction alternative to energy-intensive concrete and steel, and a means to sustain a diverse and ecologically-rich forested landscape. Wood, of course, is also aesthetically pleasing, indelibly linked to our colonial and industrial pasts, and a simple means to capture carbon dioxide, store it for generations, and thus help combat climate change.


For more information please email: info@localwoodworksMaine.com

Our upcoming projects include: 

Maine Wood Buyer's Guide and a Maine Wood and Performance Design Conference. 

Local Wood WORKS for Maine logo supported by Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.

 Contact Information for Partner Organizations:

Kennebec Land Trust - Theresa Kerchner; P.O. Box 261 Winthrop, Maine;  04364 (207) 377-2848 www.tklt.org

Maine Forest Service - Morten Moesswilde; 536 Waldoboro Road Jefferson, ME 04348 (207) 441–2895 www.maineforestservice.gov

CEI | Capital for Opportunity and Change - Keith Bisson 30 Federal Street; Brunswick, ME 04011 www.ceimaine.org

Maine Coast Heritage Trust - Warren Whitney; 1 Bowdoin Mill Island Suite 201; Topsham, ME 04086 (207) 729-7366 www.mcht.org

GrowSmart Maine - Nancy Smith;149 Water Street; Gardiner, Maine 04345 (207) 582-4330 www.growsmartmaine.org

TNC - Mark Berry; 14 Maine Street; Suite 401; Brunswick, ME 04011; (207) 607-4843; www.nature.org

 The Northern Forest Center - Mike Wilson; 131 Ocean St. South Portland, ME 04106; (603)-767-9952; www.northernforest.org