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The 127 Legislature's second session will convene January 6 and is scheduled to adjourn April 20, 2016.

Nominated for Northeastern Region Outstanding Logger

Richard Wing practiced sustainable logging before anyone even called it that. His clients say Richard and his son Tim leave a stand “better than it was." That's just one of the reasons that the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) has nominated Richard Wing & Son Logging of Standish for the Northeastern Region Outstanding Logger Award, given by the Forest Resources Association.

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The Irving Team

Jim Irving, president of J.D. Irving, made a point of saying he was accepting the Austin Wilkins Award on behalf of the Irving team that earned it. The award recognizes people or organizations that stand above their peers to further forestry, forests or forestland conservation in Maine. “We’re pleased to be the first forest products company in Maine to receive this award for this type of work on Outcome Based Forestry,” Irving said. “It’s a great recognition of our team.”

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Are you ready?

How time flies once the Legislature finally adjourns. Like it or not, the 127th Legislature’s second session is on the horizon now and the optimists among us can only hope it will not be as painful or prolonged as the first. THe Legislature officially convenes January 6, but you'll need time to to pore over the lists of bills accepted, rejected and carried over.

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MFPC honors those who make a difference

Each year MFPC members help us choose the outstanding people of Maine's forest products community. See who took home the 2015 awards.

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A close look at Quebec's budworm damage

Staff from the Maine Forest Service, CFRU and Baxter State Park got a close look at budworm-affected areas on a Canadian tour and "agreed that this was one of the most valuable field tours they had ever attended."

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'Sometimes big ideas are just plain bad ideas.'

Leaders of several groups that oppose a national park in the Millinocket area have called upon park proponents Roxanne Quimby and her son, Lucas St. Clair, to abandon their plans now that voters in Medway and East Millinocket have rejected the park proposal in recent advisory referendums. The coalition leaders asked them to “apply your substantial land holdings and financial resources to more realistic and meaningful economic development in the region.”

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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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Sen. King has the right idea

It’s a shame that Mary Booth’s prejudice against biomass led her to attack Sen. Angus King in her May 28 BDN OpEd. King has shown real leadership on energy and the environment with his bill, S.1284, “to clarify the treatment of carbon emissions from forest biomass.”

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Gov. Baxter wasn't so trusting

It’s sad to see Buzz Caverly, who served the park faithfully for 45 years, support a national park right on Baxter’s border. “There are some who will argue that such a plan would take over Baxter,” Caverly wrote, “but I am confident that a new park will not provide such a threat..." With due respect to Caverly, Baxter wasn’t so trusting.

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Still Number 1!

When you look at Maine's top 10 exports by industry, paper is Number 1, while forest products and wood products also are among the state’s top 10 exports, with a combined value of $758,423,964 – 27.5 percent of Maine’s total exports.

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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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Oh Canada!

Fortunately for Maine, Canada has set aside $18 million for spruce budworm research funds -- and the Canadians are willing to share what they learn. Entomologist Rob Johns of the Canadian Forest Service came to Augusta in April to deliver a fascinating update on the Canada's ongoing research and early intervention efforts. He also said that researching spruce budworm while coping with a growing infestation is like “trying to build a plane and fly it at the same time.”

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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.

You can reach us at
535 Civic Center Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330
Tel: 207-622-9288

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MFPC Board of Directors and Advisors



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 United States? Watch this video and decide.

For a full-screen view, start the video, then click the box at the lower right corner or go to this link.

Irving receives 2015 Austin Wilkins Award for Forest Stewardship

Just before the Austin Wilkins Award ceremony, Jim Irving was talking with MFPC Board members Jimmy Robbins and Steve Schley, who he’s known for years.

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Jim Irving

“They were saying very nice things about our forestry practices,” Irving told the standing-room-only crowd at the Blaine House. “And I said, now boys, number one thing, it’s the spouting whale that’s the first to get harpooned.”

He got a huge laugh from an audience that’s very familiar with Irving Woodland’s long quest to become part of the state’s Outcome Based Forestry (OBF) “policy experiment.”  Read more.

Calendar of Events

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu December 10 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta


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An $8 billion industry

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

Outstanding! MFPC honors the best of 2015

NEWRY – A fight broke out on the Executive Committee when the Maine Forest Products Council decided to give Jim Robbins Sr. the prestigious Albert D. Nutting Award.

“I’m happy to say that I won,” Jim Contino of Verso said at MFPC’s 55th Annual Meeting Sept. 14 at Sunday River Resort. Also honored were:

  • Maine’s Outstanding Logger — Dean Pepper of Fayette, D. R. Pepper Wood Harvesting.
  • Maine’s Outstanding Forester — Tom Whitworth of Wallagrass, formerly of  the Maine Forest Service.
  • Maine’s Outstanding Manufacturer — Lumbra Hardwoods Inc., Milo.
  • Abby Holman Public Service Award — Keith Kanoti of Old Town, formerly of the MFS.
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