Sustainable forestry
Forest products remained Maine’s largest export industry in 2016, with $626 million in sales in 2016, nearly 22 percent of all state exports.

Don't miss MFPC's Annual Meeting Sept. 17-18

MFPC Annual Meeting at the Samoset Resort in Rockland will focus on two compelling major issues: What to do about biomass/residuals and how Maine's forest industries can plan for the next 5 years and the next 50?

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Forest products still Maine's top export in 2016

Forest products remained Maine’s largest export industry with $626 million in sales in 2016, nearly 22 percent of all Maine exports. Canada remains Maine’s top trading partner for paper and wood products by a wide margin, and is second to China on wood pulp and recovered paper, with Sweden moving up fast to take the third spot.

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'A good day for all!'

The Hall of Flags was crowded, the exhibits were colorful, the conversations were animated and a steady stream of legislators saw and heard what’s going right in the state’s forest products industry. “It was a good day for all!” said Al Feather of Hammond Lumber.

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Adapting to our challenges

Maine's logging community adapts and contracts as we enter the winter season. What is traditionally our busiest and most productive time of harvest, “the winter surge,” will be stifled by wood yards that are filled with logs, pulpwood and biomass. Contractors accustomed to “making hay” during this winter season will under capacity and facing a growing amount of equipment payments.

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Good news about budworm

Maine’s 2016 trap numbers, the L2 data and ground and air observations all confirm we are still in a period with low populations of spruce budworm across Maine’s forests. his year the most moths caught per trap at a site has been 49, while last year we had 320 at one site, and several sites over 150 moths/trap.

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Check out Maine's budworm website

A new spruce budworm website, designed to be a comprehensive communications outreach tool and resource for the coming outbreak in Maine, has been launched by a statewide task force.The website provides facts about the natural cycle of the budworm, current information regarding the approach and potential impacts of the next outbreak, an historical backdrop, and interactive maps on current outbreak status and citizen science. It also includes an interactive Q&A on the site, and the ability to request experts to ...

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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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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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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, 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 fact sheet

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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.

MFPC Annual Meeting Sept. 17-18: Be there or fall behind! 

Maine’s forest products industry is changing so fast to meet the challenges of the global markets that it’s hard for anyone to keep up. That’s why the Maine Forest Products Council is making it easy.

This year’s MFPC Annual meeting at the Samoset Resort in Rockland will focus on two compelling major issues: What to do about biomass/residuals and how Maine’s forest industries can plan for the next five years and the next 50. And there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Read more or register.


Calendar of Events

Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu October 12 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

Budget Meeting
When: Thu November 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu November 9 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu December 14 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: MFPC Office


SFI Maine helps wishes come true

Teams of people affiliated with SFI’s Statewide Implementation Committee, armed with nail guns and saws and donated materials bearing the SFI label banded together with the Maine Make-A-Wish Foundation to make the wishes of two boys in Woolwich and Bridgton come true. Derek and Kyan were thrilled with the Ninja Turle playset and tiny clubhouse that the SFI crew built and the boys’ enjoyment brought tears — happy ones! — to everyone’s eyes. Read more and see videos.


Request For Proposals

Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative
Issue Date: September 15, 2017; Closing Date: October 6, 2017

The purpose of this Request For Proposals (RFP) is to solicit competitive bids for a GlobalMarket Analysis and Benchmarking study.
The EDA-approved total budget for Phase 1 of the Vision & Roadmap for Maine’s Forestproducts sector, which includes several initiatives including wood supply, logistics, energy, and marketing as well as the global market analysis, is $1.25 million. The following information regarding Maine’s forest will be provided to the consultant by the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative:

  • Fiber Cost (current pricing and forecast pricing)
  • Fiber Availability (modeled statewide and megaregion forest growth and harvest volumes)
  • Available reports and data regarding Maine’s competitive position

Stay informed!

If you want to know what’s happening in Maine’s forest economy — and a lot is! — don’t  miss our  electronic newsletter. Septembersignup

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.

With thanks and appreciation for the Pacific Forest Foundation, creator of the original, award-winning “This Is My Office” video, which inspired our Maine version.