The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced the release of preliminary findings from its analysis of the wood supply, supply chain infrastructure needs and opportunities, and recommendations for addressing them. The analysis examines the North Country’s current timber supply, its workforce, its infrastructure and the markets that affect them. Findings and recommendations will be unveiled at the Fall Forestry Roundtable in Queensbury on October 12, 2016.
Eric Kingsley of Innovative Natural Resource Solutions (INRS) will present preliminary data and recommendations from ANCA’s report “Northern New York’s Forests: Timber Supply, Workforce, Infrastructure and Markets.” This project grew out of discussions with industry and public sector stakeholders within the forest economy about how the addition of robust complementary markets for low and high value wood, along with additional infrastructure to support the sustainable use of this natural resource could help the Adirondack-North Country economy. The project’s objective is to provide decision-making guidance to industry leaders, workforce development groups, policy makers, and potential investors in the industry. ANCA employed INRS, a northeast U.S. based natural resource consulting firm, to conduct this analysis and has engaged a group of stakeholders to help guide the research process.
ANCA Executive Director Kate Fish will introduce this research project at the roundtable, which is hosted by the Adirondack Research Consortium (ARC) and the Empire State Forest Products Association (ESFPA). This will take place on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 10 am to 3:30 pm, with coffee and registration at 9:30 am, at the Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge Street, Glens Falls. There will be a $25 event fee.
Topics in the meeting agenda include:
•Research Report: ANCA’s study “Northern New York’s Forests: Timber Supply, Workforce, Infrastructure and Markets”
•Issue Update: Forest Health-Invasive Species
•Lunch topic: “Biomass Carbon Accounting Policies Effect on US Natural Resources”
•Panel Discussion: Adirondack Carbon Issues
•Optional Tour of the Finch Paper Mill
Speakers and moderators at the meeting include:
•Kate Fish, Executive Director, ANCA
•Eric W. Kingsley, Vice President, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC
•Robert Davies, Director of NYS DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests
•Dr. Robert Malmsheimer, Professor, SUNY ESF
•Dr. Charles D. Canham, Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
•Troy Weldy, Director of Ecological Management, The Nature Conservancy
Photo: A Tupper Lake log yard (photo by John Warren).