Where the wood goes
226 Maine businesses with a total of more than 5,000 jobs oppose Roxanne Quimby's proposal for a national park on Baxter State Park's eastern boundary.

Businesses, state officials and sportsmen say national park won’t create jobs, will hurt business

MFPC member Tom Garner explains why a national park would be bad for his businesses and many others at an anti-park rally in Medway. So far, 226 businesses with more than 5,000 jobs have declared their opposition to the park. At a rally June 18, dozens of area residents joined with local businesspeople, state officials and the leaders of the state’s largest sportsmen’s group to express their opposition. In the evening about 120 people gathered at a forum at Schenck ...

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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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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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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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MFPC Golf Tournament July 16!

Remember how much fun last year's golf tournament was? So if you haven't signed up yet, don't miss your chance. There are still some openings left for teams, so contact Sue McCarthy right away. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course.

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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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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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Celebrating Maine's forest economy at the Hall of Flags

The Hall of Flags at the Statehouse was filled with forest products and people talking about forest products nn April 30, including Gov. LePage, legislators, lobbyists, citizens, and, best of all, the Maine folks who make everything from nanocellulose to biomass electricity to irresistible snowman salt shakers from wood. "It was a special day," said MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch. "It's really important for legislators to understand that our industry is made up of real people and that we all ...

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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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No Park for ME!

MFPC member Jim Robbins Sr. was among those who spoke against the proposed national park in northern Maine at a forestry forum in Ashland that drew more than 60 people, including forestry professionals, mill owners, two bank representatives, representatives of Sen. Angus King and Sen. Susan Collins, town managers from Ashland and Portage, and interested community members.

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Budworm increased in 2014

With help from many MFPC members last summer, the Maine Forest Service dramatically increased the number of trapping sites for spruce budworm moths from about 80-100 to about 400, with three traps placed at each site. Dave Struble, Maine state entomologist called the expansion, "wildly successful. You know the process was successful, the handoff worked fabulously considering this was the rollout year." It also helped confirm that Maine's budworm population is increasing.

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The best of 2014

Each year, the Maine Forest Products Council asks its members to select outstanding individuals from the forest products community. Nominees for best logger, forester, truck and manufacturer must not only excel in their professions, but they also must exert a positive impact on our industry. The nomination criteria is rigorous and each nominee is closely scrutinized by MFPC staff. The winners of MFPC awards are the best in the business.

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Outstanding communicator

MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch accepts the prestigious W. D. Hagenstein Communicator Award from the Society of American Foresters at their convention in Utah.

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Back from the brink

After 60 good years and a half dozen bad ones, it looked as if the only sawmill in Sanford might not survive. But the owners of Pleasant River Lumber Co. saw potential, not just problems. Pleasant River Lumber bought the former Lavalley sawmill in December 2012, and what a difference that’s made – the difference between bankruptcy and a bright future.

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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.

 

 

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 How can Roxanne Quimby give away thousands of acres she doesn’t own?

Read more. Map of proposed national park.

Medway rejects proposed park by a wide margin

Medway residents rejected a proposed national park June 23 by a wide margin in a non-binding referendum.  East Millinocket residents will hold a similar referendum on  June 29.

On June 18, dozens of area residents joined with local business people, state officials and the leaders of the state’s largest sportsmen’s group to express their opposition to a proposed park. In the evening about 120 people gathered at a forum at Schenck High School in East Millinocket to hear supporters and opponents debate the proposed national park.

The Maine Woods Coalition, which is leading the effort against the park, also released a list of 226 businesses employing more than 5,000 people that are opposed to the park. Read more.

 

Calendar of Events

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu July 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Golf Tournament

When: Thu July 16 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Bangor Municipal Golf Course

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu August 13 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Annual Meeting

When: Sun September 13 12:00 PM - Mon September 14 11:00 PM
Where: Sunday River Resort -

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu October 8 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu November 12 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

 

Outstanding! MFPC honors best of 2014

  • Outstanding Logger: Richard Wing, Richard Wing & Sons Logging, Standish
  • Outstanding Forester: Tricia Quinn of Plum Creek
  • Outstanding Trucker: Jim Carrier, Richard Carrier Trucking, Skowhegan
  • Outstanding Manufacturer: Hardwood Products of Guilford

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  • Alfred D. Nutting Award: Luke Brochu, Pleasant River Lumber. Read more.
  • Abby Holman Public Service Award:  Sen. Patrick Flood. Read more.
  • President’s Award: Maine State Forester Doug Denico. Read more.

And congratulations to MFPC member Robert Chadbourne, winner of the state’s Austin Wilkins’ Forest Stewardship Award!

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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.

 

 

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