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magazine and the Center for Northern Woodlands Education.
In this period of rapid societal and ecological change, it’s crucial that we
recognize our collective responsibility as forest stewards. Our nonprofit helps
people understand the many values that forests offer. It serves as a hub of
information, inspiration, and community.
2016 has been another productive year. Northern Woodlands renewal rates
hover around 80 percent – that’s about 20 percent above the industry norm –
and we continue to invest in the magazine’s quality. We also continue to
broaden our audience outside of the magazine. If you receive our bi-weekly
newsletters or follow us online, you may have noticed that our web content
has expanded and become more interactive. This online presence helps us
reach a whole new audience with information about local nature and the
benefits of thoughtful forest management.
Many people who communicate about forests – for example, writers, teachers,
and volunteers – work independently, with limited opportunities to interact
with peers. We see a real demand for community, and one way we help to
create this is with the Northern Woodlands conference. This year’s event,
sponsored by The Trust for Public Land and Bailey Charitable Foundation,
was well-attended. Writers discussed their craft, educators compared teaching
tactics, and everyone had the chance to learn about golden eagle migration,
ice storms, and other natural history topics – as well as time to make new
connections, and enjoy each other’s company.
Another autumn highlight this year is our new book, The Outside Story, Vol. 2,
published with generous support from the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New
Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Organized by month, it includes natural
history essays by 39 writers, as well as seasonal calendar entries, suggestions for
outdoor learning, and illustrations by artist Adelaide Tyrol. It’s a fun read, and
also a great way to learn more about local nature.
I’m personally very proud of this book, and encourage you to check out
Adelaide’s beautiful cover painting on the next page. Thank you for being part
of this work, and taking an active interest in our forests’ future.
The Center for Northern Woodlands Education