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.
2016 industry impact estimated at $8.5 billion
Despite some tumultuous years, Maine’s forest products industry will contribute an estimated $8.5 billion to the economy statewide in 2016 and support 33,538 jobs. About one of every 24 jobs in Maine are associated with the forest products industry and about $1 of every $20 of Maine’s GDP.
King, Collins introduce legislation to incentivize biomass energy use
U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) along with U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) today introduced the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2017, legislation that incentivizes the development of biomass as an affordable, clean, and home-grown source of energy. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Oreg.) are also original sponsors of the bill.
“Biomass offers an efficient, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly way for people to heat their homes and businesses, which is why it would only make sense to incentivize purchasing it like we do other low-cost types of energy,” Senator King said in the news release. Read more.
Calendar of Events
MFPC Annual Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting
MFPC Executive Committee Meeting
Tree Growth Tax Law: Understanding the 6-step valuation process
There’s a lot of talk about the Tree Growth Tax Law, but hardly anybody understands how a value is set on forestland for its ability to grow commercial forest products. That’s why Ken Laustsen, biometrician at the Maine Forest Service, gave a presentation at MFPC in January to take the mystery out of this important calculation. If you missed it, want to hear it again or need copies of his supporting material, here’s your chance.
“The Tree Growth Tax Law is very important to thousands of landowners and has done more to conserve land than any other program, including all the land acquisition bonds combined.” – Tom Doak, executive director, Maine Woodland Owners
The Maine Forest Products Council, on behalf of the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a Global Market Analysis and Benchmarking. All responses to this RFI are due no later than June 9, 2017. Global Market Analysis RFI Q&A 6-5-17
MFPC, also on behalf of the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Maine Wood Supply Projections. All responses to this RFP are due no later than June 9, 2017. Wood Supply RFP Q&A 6-5-17
For more information, please contact: Sarah Curran, Program Director for the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative, (207) 622-6345, email@example.com.
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.