Forest products exports totaled $891 million in 2013, 33 percent of Maine's $2.6 billion exports. Paper was No. 1,  wood and articles of wood No. 2, and wood pulp No. 4.

Back from the brink

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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Forest products top Maine exports

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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All these products are made in Maine!

All these products are made in Maine!

The Maine Wood Concepts’ table was a big hit at the Hall of Flags with its colorful display of products ranging from unique salt shakers to upscale rolling pins. MFPC sponsored this celebration of Maine’s forest products industry so legislators, officials and visitors could learn more about our members and our partners, from the Maine Forest Service to the Maine Maple Producers Association.

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What’s new with budworm?

What's new with budworm?

A record crowd gathered in Orono March 10 to find out what to expect from the coming spruce budworm outbreak. More than 300 registered for the New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering (NERCOFE) workshop at the University of Maine, some who had endured the last outbreak in 1970s as well as many who had not. Some presentations were familiar to MFPC members who attended the 2013 annual meeting last fall, but there also was some new information and a ...

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Crowded, lively and loud

Crowded, lively and loud

This year’s MFPC legislative reception was lively, loud and a great opportunity for legislators, state officials and members to meet or get to know each other better. About three dozen legislators, another three dozen members, state officials, lobbyists and others crowded the MFPC conference room.

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Join the Maine Forest Products Councl

Join the Maine Forest Products Councl

Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been a vital voice for the forest products community in Maine, 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.

MFPC policy positions for the 126th Legislature

 

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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.

 

Plenty of action as

session grinds to end

at the legislatureThe committee work is grinding to an end, bills are being debated in the House and Senate, and budget battles are looming. There’s been plenty of action on our issues, from the forest rangers’ all-or-nothing effort to get guns (again, it’s come down to funding), Outcome based forestry, wind power, landowners rights and the brouhaha over increasing the harvest on public lands. Read more.

Calendar of Events

MFPC Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu May 8 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MFPC Golf Tournament

When: Thu July 17 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

MFPC Annual Meeting at Bar Harbor

When: Sun September 7 1:00 AM - Mon September 8 9:00 AM

 

The best of the year!

sam andrewsMFPC award winners are:

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. They bought the former Lavalley sawmill in December 2012, and what a difference that’s made – the difference between bankruptcy and a bright future. Read more.

 

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