Sullivan County timberland owners set annual meeting

NEWPORT – The Sullivan County Chapter of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) will meet for a tour, potluck supper and program Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Ahern Building at the Sullivan County Complex, 103 County Farm Road, Unity.
Tours of the Biomass District Energy Project at the Sullivan County complex will start at 4 p.m. The $3.2 million project produces 90 percent of the heating needs and 9 percent of the electrical needs for the nursing home and corrections buildings at the Sullivan County Complex. It uses about 1,900 tons of local woods chips and 19,000 gallons of propane to replace more than 125,000 gallons of fuel oil. Please RSVP if you plan to take the tour.
The potluck supper will start at 5 p.m. followed by the chapter’s annual business meeting, including election of officers for 2014.
Jasen Stock, executive director of the NHTOA, will offer a brief update of the NHTOA’s advocacy work before the N.H. Legislature on behalf of the forest products industry.
Following the business meeting Marcia Schmidt Blaine, historian of New Hampshire history, will present “Saving the Mountains: N.H. and the Creation of the National Forests.”
New Hampshire’s White Mountains played a role in events leading to the Weeks Act, the law that created national forests in the eastern United States. Blaine will explore the relationship between the White Mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the people involved in establishing the national forest.
The program, which is underwritten by a grant from the N.H. Humanities Council, is free and open to the public.
The Sullivan County Chapter of the NHTOA also organizes and runs the Woodsmen’s Field Day Competition held the third Saturday of August during the Cornish Fair.
The NHTOA, a statewide trade association, has members throughout New Hampshire. Founded in 1911, the NHTOA represents all aspects of the forest products industry including landowners, foresters, loggers, truckers, mill owners and others. The forest products industrycontributes more than $2.25 billion annually, or nearly 4 percent of New Hampshire’s Gross State Product.
For more information or to RSVP for the tour, please contact Glenn “Dode” Gladders at (603) 863-9200 or at glenn.gladders@unh.edu.

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