Where the wood goes
In 2012, 14.7 million green tons of wood were harvested in Maine: 53.9%, pulpwood for paper; 27.6%, sawlogs; 16% biomass for electricity and 2.5% pellets or firewood.

Amazing lynx photos

MFPC just sent comments, reports and photos regarding the Canada lynx status review. Foresters working for a number of MFPC members in the northern forests are seeing a lot of lynx. Even if you just want to look at the great pictures of beautiful lynx, this report is worth a look.

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Budworm increased in 2014

With help from many MFPC members last summer, the Maine Forest Service dramatically increased the number of trapping sites for spruce budworm moths from about 80-100 to about 400, with three traps placed at each site. Dave Struble, Maine state entomologist called the expansion, "wildly successful. You know the process was successful, the handoff worked fabulously considering this was the rollout year." It also helped confirm that Maine's budworm population is increasing.

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The best of 2014

Each year, the Maine Forest Products Council asks its members to select outstanding individuals from the forest products community. Nominees for best logger, forester, truck and manufacturer must not only excel in their professions, but they also must exert a positive impact on our industry. The nomination criteria is rigorous and each nominee is closely scrutinized by MFPC staff. The winners of MFPC awards are the best in the business.

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Budworm task force presents draft of response plan

About 60 industry, environmental, and fish and wildlife advocates as well as state and federal officials gathered for the unveiling of the draft response plan for the upcoming spruce budworm outbreak. First the report was summarized and then there were breakout sessions on particular sections of the report, including Monitoring and Protection; Forest Management; Policy, Regulation and Funding; Wildlife Habitat, and Wood Supply/Economic Impacts.

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Outstanding communicator

MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch accepts the prestigious W. D. Hagenstein Communicator Award from the Society of American Foresters at their convention in Utah.

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Maine's 'Battle of the Budworm'

Most Mainers barely recall the last spruce budworm infestation, when the northern forests turned red as they came under attack. Nor do they realize how budworm has shaped Maine’s history, economy, laws and culture. But those who lived through the 1970s outbreak are watching with dismay as another outbreak heads our way. They vividly remember the devastation, including moth flights “so severe that they literally had to be scraped off the road with snow plows.”

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Forest products top Maine exports

In 2013, Maine’s forest products exports totaled $891 million, which is 33 percent of the state's total $2.6 billion exports. The forest industry’s three major categories claimed three spots – first, second and fourth -- in the year’s list of Maine’s top exports.

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Back from the brink

After 60 good years and a half dozen bad ones, it looked as if the only sawmill in Sanford might not survive. But the owners of Pleasant River Lumber Co. saw potential, not just problems. Pleasant River Lumber bought the former Lavalley sawmill in December 2012, and what a difference that’s made – the difference between bankruptcy and a bright future.

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Join us!

Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine's forest economy, including landowners, paper mills, sawmills, wood pellet plants, biomass energy plants, loggers, truckers, primary and secondary wood processors, and related service industries. The primary purpose of the Council is to provide a supportive economic and public policy climate for the forest products community and promote a healthier, more vital forestry sector.

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About MFPC

Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community. Our members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. We feel we represent anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource.

We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, but also across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation.

The MFPC Board is very active, and holds weekly policy teleconferences during each legislative session to discuss legislation of interest and arrive at a position.

 

 

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Special report

$1 out of every $16 in Maine’s gross state product and one out of every 20 jobs is associated with the forest products sector.

Dr. Todd Gabe, a University of Maine economist, recently completed a study showing forest products contributed $8 billion to Maine’s economy in 2011. Read more about Maine’s Forest Economy.

 

Governor’s budget

keeps forest issues

in the forefront

legislature sig for webThe 127th Legislature is launched with the usual fanfare. Legislators brought forward 1,514 new ideas (and some old) in bill titles for legislative review.

Gov. LePage continues to keep forestry issues in the forefront of his vision for Maine. In his inaugural address he mentioned the threat of the spruce budworm and the need to manage our forest resources. Reflected in his budget is a keen interest in the mission of the Maine Forest Service and the need to attract investment in our industry and state. But the devil is in the details. Read more.

MFPC Legislative Bills of Interest

 

Calendar of Events

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu March 12 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: MFPC Office - Augusta

MFPC Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu March 12 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu April 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

Hall of Flags Event

When: Thu April 30 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: State House

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu May 14 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu May 14 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu June 11 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu July 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

 

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Lynx comments with great photos

At a meeting on Jan. 23, members of the Council’s Wildlife Committee decided to send responses to two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) open comment periods under the Endangered Species Act. MFPC just sent its comments, reports and photos regarding the Canada lynx status review. Even if you’re only interested in great photos of lynx, this report is worth seeing. Read more.

Outstanding! MFPC honors best of 2014

  • Outstanding Logger: Richard Wing, Richard Wing & Sons Logging, Standish
  • Outstanding Forester: Tricia Quinn of Plum Creek
  • Outstanding Trucker: Jim Carrier, Richard Carrier Trucking, Skowhegan
  • Outstanding Manufacturer: Hardwood Products of Guilford

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  • Alfred D. Nutting Award: Luke Brochu, Pleasant River Lumber. Read more.
  • Abby Holman Public Service Award:  Sen. Patrick Flood. Read more.
  • President’s Award: Maine State Forester Doug Denico. Read more.

And congratulations to MFPC member Robert Chadbourne, winner of the state’s Austin Wilkins’ Forest Stewardship Award!

 

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