1st Annual Vermont Forest Industry Summit
June 28-29, 2018
Burke Mountain, East Burke, VT
Please join the Working Lands Enterprise Board Forestry Committee, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and our forest and wood products industry partners for a special industry summit.
- Network with industry members from throughout the forest and wood products supply chain
- Learn about new innovations, technologies and products shaping the industry’s future
- Enjoy great food, speakers and hospitality at Burke Mountain Resort!
The 1st Annual Vermont Forest Industry Summit will be held Thursday & Friday, June 28 & 29, 2018 at Burke Mountain Resort in East Burke, VT. Plan to arrive Thursday late afternoon for an evening reception featuring Craig Rawlings, President and CEO of the Forest Business Network, light dinner, cash bar and overnight accommodation, then stay for Friday’s all-day summit!
Continuing education credits are available to foresters as follows:
- 6/28 = 1.0 category 1 CFE credits
- 6/29 = 5.5 category 1 CFE credits
Loggers are eligible for 8 LEAP credits for attending the Summit.
AIA credits will be available to architects for the mass timber session.
Technical assistance and capital providers – tabling options are available. See registration for details, or contact Christine McGowan, christine[at]vsjf.org.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
5 – 6 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m.
Plenty of good food, cash bar – The View Pub
7 – 8 p.m.
Welcome, Opening Remarks
Keynote Speaker: Craig Rawlings, Forest Business Network, Missoula, MT
8 – 9:30 p.m. and beyond
Friday, June 29, 2018
7 – 8 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet – Willoughby’s
8 – 9 a.m.
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Welcome and Morning Plenary (Note: Gov. Phil Scott, Invited)
Forests of the Future: Taking the Long View – What do we want Vermont’s forests to be in 50 years? A panel of distinguished industry experts will explore this question in the context of local, regional and global issues that impact today’s forests and the industry that both stewards and depends on them. How are other regions viewing forests of the future, and what actions are needed today to insure Vermont has the forests it envisions for future generations?
Sean Ross, Managing Director/Director of Forestry Operations, Lyme Timber Company, LP; Hanover, NH
- Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director, Dovetail Partners, Minneapolis, MN
- Craig Rawlings, President/CEO, Forest Business Network, Missoula, MT
- Michael Snyder, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
- Alex Barrett, Consulting Forester, Long View Forest Management, Westminster, VT
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Visit with industry trade organizations, service providers, lenders and others supporting Vermont’s forest and wood products industry
11 – 12:30 p.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions
Track One: Modern Wood Energy
Beyond the Woodstove: Thinking big about renewable energy and wood – Join us for a panel on how energy users across the scale are utilizing wood and moving away from fossil fuels. How will the emergence of home and business scale Combined Heat and Power (CHP) impact the market for pellets and chips in Vermont and the region? What do forest and wood products businesses in Vermont need to know about converting away from fossil-fuel based energy systems? Learn how the public utilities are using Tier III dollars to help forest industry businesses move away from fossil fuels.
Moderator: Adam Sherman, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Burlington, VT
- Dutch Dresser, Maine Energy Systems, Bethel, ME
- Jack Byrne, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
- Jeffrey Monder, Green Mountain Power, Rutland, VT
Track Two: Mass Timber
Mass Timber in Vermont and Beyond: Products, Projects and the Case for Local Timber – Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. Regions of the country such as the Pacific Northwest, the southeast and New England have shown particular interest in adopting this new style of construction, undoubtedly in large part due to their abundant forest resources. This presentation will provide an overview of the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Next, the results of a recently completed mass timber feasibility study on a 5 story mixed-use project in Brattleboro will be presented, with an emphasis on cost, assemblies and lessons learned. Finally, non-structural wood species native to Vermont will be discussed, highlighting possible applications for these products in mass timber buildings.
(Attendees can earn 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits for attending this panel session. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.)
Moderator/Speaker: Ricky McLain, WoodWorks, Cabot, VT
- Jillian Tomaselli, Stevens & Associates, Brattleboro, VT
- Paul Frederick, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Track Three: Local Wood, Local Good
Local Wood: Supporting Vermont’s Economy through Local Wood Sourcing – A look at case studies of previous and current efforts to source local wood. What lessons can be learned by previous efforts to develop a Vermont wood supply chain from landowner to consumer? Examples of current local sourcing efforts will be discussed.
Moderator: Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
- Joe Nelson, Consulting Forester, Addision, VT
- Andy Harper, Winterwood Timber Frames, East Montpelier, VT
- Michael Rainville, Maple Landmark, Middlebury, VT
- Tony Fletcher, Green Mountain Grain & Barrel, Richmond, VT
12:30 – 2 p.m.
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Track One: Improving Your Bottom Line
How Company Culture and Efficient Operations Can Improve Your Bottom Line – Workforce development continues to challenge Vermont businesses grappling with a shortage of workers and many forest products business owners are reaching retirement age. Overseas and over-the-border competition continues to put downward pressure on product prices. Staying focused ON your business and not just working IN your business can be hard to prioritize. We will hear from Vermont forest and wood products businesses that have overcome challenges recruiting and retaining quality employees, as well as those who’ve invested in operational efficiencies that are yielding results. Stories of what can happen when the business is not attending to these needs will also be shared.
Moderator: Lawrence Miller, Business consultant and founder of Otter Creek Brewing Company
- Jennifer Fraser, General Manager, Appalachian Engineered Flooring, North Troy
- Chris Brooks, Owner, Vermont Wood Pellet Company, N. Clarendon
- Andrew Pearce, Owner, Andrew Pearce Bowls, Hartland
Track Two: Marketing and Communications
The Forest Story: Connecting the Dots between Forests, People and the Industry in the Middle – Research shows that consumers have an innate love of forests and desire for quality wood products – two things Vermont has in spades. How can forest and wood products businesses more effectively tell their stories and emphasize their role stewarding the forests people love and making the wood products people want? Hear results from a recent survey of Vermonters and visitors about their perceptions of our forests and wood products, learn about a new regional marketing campaign to grow the market for automated wood heat, and hear about a national campaign to celebrate the forest sector and the people and businesses that help keep forests as forests.
Moderator: Kathleen Wanner, Owner, GWC Communications and Executive Director, Vermont Woodlands Association
- TJ Struhs, North American Forest Partnership: #forestproud
- Maura Adams, Northern Forest Center
- Christine McGowan, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
Track Three: Trends in Wood
Global Trends and Native Vermont Species: Where Can We Compete? – Trends come and go, but the trees that grow in Vermont and the region are steady. What are the latest trends in wood use? What species are coming into vogue for architectural design? How is Amazon impacting the market for cardboard? Are we taking full advantage of the species that grow in Vermont, and are there opportunities for underutilized species to meet consumer demands?
Moderator: Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
- Donna Cassese, SAPPI
- Craig Rawlings, Forest Business Network
- Sam Lincoln, Deputy Director, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
An Industry in Transition: A Last Word from Forest Industry Entrepreneurs and Emerging Leaders – Shifting markets, an aging workforce and global trade all could be seen as formidable challenges to Vermont’s forest and wood products businesses. But Vermont’s forest and wood products industry also has plenty of rising stars who see a future in our forests. Be sure to stick around for what promises to be an inspiring closing panel!
Moderator: Ian Hartman, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
- Charlie Hancock, Consulting Forester, North Woods Forestry, Montgomery Center
- Kyle Pratt, Logger, Jericho
- Peter Gardner, Clifford Lumber, Hinesburg
- Adam and Andrew Rainville, Maple Landmark, Middlebury
- Carina Driscoll, Vermont Woodworking School, Cambridge
- Ben Nottermann, Green Mountain Technical & Career Center, Hardwick
Two Day Pass
Thursday & Friday, includes lodging:
$125 ($50 for students)
Two Day Pass
Thursday & Friday, without lodging: $75 ($50 for students)
One Day Pass
$50 ($25 for students)
Tabling Opportunity for Service and Capital Providers
Friday Only: $75 (sign up through the registration process)
Vermont's Forestry Industry
Vermont’s forest products industry generates an annual economic output of $1.5 billion and supports 10,000 jobs. In addition, Vermont’s forest recreation economy generates another $1.9 billion in economic output, and supports 10,000 additional jobs. The industry was hit hard in the 2008 Recession, and finding markets for low grade wood (the majority of wood harvested from Vermont’s forests) is becoming increasingly difficult due to a sharp decline in the region’s pulp industry, combined with the low price of oil and a move away from expanding electric-only biomass in the region. Markets for high grade wood are healthy, but cannot singularly sustain Vermont’s forest products industry. Without healthy markets for low grade wood, Vermont is likely to see continued decline in the industry’s in-state infrastructure such as logging operations, sawmills and kilns, as well as the local jobs they sustained.
Over the past 20 years, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has provided industry analysis, expertise and project support, which positions the Vermont Forest Products Program to have a positive impact on the state’s forestry sector in rural communities throughout the state. Vermont’s forest products industry is imperative for job creation and sustainability, providing economic, environmental, and social benefits for rural communities that have limited economic opportunities. The Vermont Forest Products Program aims to help create and sustain thousands of jobs for Vermonters.