A Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) conference this fall will focus on the province’s forestry-connected businesses, according to the organization.

NEIA leadership has said Newleef 2015 — the annual event themed around the “green economy” — will be dedicated to discussion around opportunities for growth in the forestry sector.

“The forestry sector does not get the public attention it deserves. There are many opportunities for innovation and economic growth,” NEIA executive director Ted Lomond said in a statement issued Friday.

“Forestry resources are used for everything from extractants to animal bedding. They can be harvested sustainably to provide opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians long after other resources have depleted.”

Announced speakers include: Marianne Berube, executive director of Ontario Wood WORKS!; William Strauss, an evaluator of wood pellet projects; Rob Menchenton, architect; and Paul Stuart, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s design engineering chair in process integration in the pulp and paper industry.