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.
We’re making great progress in building a stronger forest economy
By Patrick Strauch, MFPC Executive Director
There’s a lot to talk about today, including the release of the new report on the Tree Growth Tax Program, the governor’s State of the State address, and an update on the progress of our industry’s roadmap. But the big news is Verso’s announcement to start up its idled machine — employing 120 workers — and produce container board and employee 120 workers. This is great news and opens up markets for softwood and sawmill residuals. Also exciting is the announcement by two cross laminated timber (CLT) firms this week of their intentions to build facilities in Maine. Read more.
Calendar of Events
MFPC Board of Directors Meeting
MFPC Golf Tournament
Annual Meeting at Sebasco Resort
Board of Directors Meeting
Maine’s Roadmap project is all about reinventing our forest products industry. So it’s a great time to look at a place that’s already done that – Finland. Get the details in a presentation by Petri Sirviö of Stora Enso. Watch video above or see slides.
As beech dominates, maple abundance declines
The composition of hardwood forests in the northeastern United States is changing significantly, according to a University of Maine-led research team. In the past 30 years in forestlands in four states, climate-associated changes have increased the abundance of American beech compared to three other hardwood species commonly associated with the regional forests. The change from beech-maple-birch forests to more beech-dominated forestlands could have consequences for ecosystem structure and function, say the researchers. Read more.
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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.