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, 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.
Secondary wood manufacturing contributes $1.8 billion
After surviving a dark decade, Maine’s secondary wood manufacturing industry has become the “strongest in Northern New England,” contributing $1.8 billion to the state economy. Read 2017 report: Secondary Wood Manufacturing in Maine.
It seems the last legislative session just ended, but we’re gearing up for the next
By Patrick Strauch, MFPC Executive Director
Every legislative session since I began this job in 2004 have been unique, but the first session of the 128th — which only ended the first week in August — was what I call “historic.” On several issues our members’ response to alerts made the difference in the outcome of legislation. The net result was a very good batting average. But now we’ re gearing for the second session, which begins Jan. 3. Here are some of the areas of focus that I think will be challenging as we move forward. Read more.
Calendar of Events
MFPC Executive Committee Meeting
128th Maine Legislature second session
White pine’s status
Ken Laustsen, biometrician for the Maine Forest Service, reported on the status of white pine at the MFPC Board meeting Nov. 9. “Eastern White Pine is still ranked statewide as #3 in total live merchantable volume and #1 in sawtimber volume,” Laustsen said. The presentation addressed the forest type’s core area and the broader statewide trends. Status of white pine in Maine slide presentation
What’s happening in Maine’s forest economy? A lot! Don’t miss our October electronic newsletter.
As Baby Boomers retire, jobs are opening up in Maine’s forests. Do you have what it takes to work in the largest contiguous privately owned working forest in the U.S.? Decide after you’ve watched this video.