Massachusetts Woodlands Institute, New England Forestry Foundation and Northern Woodlands are holding a series of 90 minute webinars this winter on Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live . The series will explore examples of how to grow, build, and live with beautiful and sustainable local wood products at different scales—from furniture to homes to institutional buildings.
Participants will hear from presenters about their experiences working with local and regional wood, what role the material and forestry can play in a sustainable economy, and new technologies and applications for wood products that can help mitigate global climate change and spur innovation.
The second webinar in the series, From Woods to Home will be held on February 24th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants can learn about the process of building a home with locally harvested lumber and the benefits of using local wood products.
This session on building a home with locally sourced wood products will feature discussions with Massachusetts Woodlands Institute (MWI) Board Chair Brian Donahue, MWI Board Member David Bowman, and Nicole St. Clair Knobloch, Principal at Oliphant, a firm focused on mitigating climate change and protecting biodiversity, in part by encouraging the use of climate-friendly, renewable building materials.
Wood is a strong, durable, carbon-sequestering product that comes from our local forested lands. Producing this abundant, renewable resource can benefit woodland landowners, wildlife, and our local economy. Participants will hear about the process and journey of building a timber-framed home with locally harvested lumber, the benefits of using local wood products, and then how new technology in cross-laminated timber construction is changing and expanding the way we think of building with wood.
The discussion will also explore the ripple effect of good forest management and how we can create resilient forests, a strong forest-based economy, and long-lasting homes and buildings made from local wood products.
The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, go to https://newenglandforestry.org/connect/events/