In addition to NELA’s Grant Program that supports educational and public relations projects, occasionally a special circumstance will arise that requires action. The association responded to the storm water runoff permit process and was instrumental in raising funds for a special issue of Evergreen magazine covering land use patterns in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. NELA also provided funding to seven states in the Northeast to help produce the educational CD-ROM Forests Forever designed for use by middle schools in our region.  Special projects are identified by the association’s Board of Directors and the means by which NELA becomes involved is determined by association leadership.