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Commerce grant: Woodland products meetings in Kendall, Concrete

Jan 6th, 2016 | Category: News

KENDALL/CONCRETE – A 2015 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce promoting foothills woodlands’ enterprise development will start with two community meetings in Kendall and Concrete. The grant, totaling $30,000, “will support efforts that connect and organize woodland owners with woodland workers who produce woodland products in the eastern foothills of Skagit County and Whatcom County.” The project is lead by Convivium Renewable Energy, a local consulting firm, with additional support from the Opportunity Council and the Town of Concrete. Two public meetings will be held Jan. 19 and 20  to gauge interest and get direction in formulating a cooperative effort to market more woodland products. The project proposes a Foothills Woodland Enterprise Center in each county, including production, storage, and shipping facilities. “Initially, the two key products will be low-moisture bulk and bundled firewood. Later, other forest products will be included.” Woodland owners, woodland workers, and those interested in east county foothills economic development efforts can attend one or both of the meetings: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., Annie’s Pizza Station, 44568 State Route 20, Concrete; and Wednesday, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road. For more information, contact Terrance Meyer at or Paul Schissler at

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