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1,531 bills submitted to the Legislature; 497 enacted; 147 signed; 167 became law without the governor's  signature; 178 vetoed; 126 vetoes overridden, according to the BDN.

Who was the best in 2015?

The weather was great and so was the camaraderie as 130 golfers joined us at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course July 16 for the MFPC Annual Golf Tournament.

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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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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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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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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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 Coalition to Quimby: Abandon park plans

Leaders of several groups that oppose a national park in the Millinocket area have called upon 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. Read moreMap of proposed national park.

Court rules budworm bill and 64 others are laws

Maine’s top court has ruled against Gov. Paul LePage in his dispute with the Legislature over whether he has more time to veto 65 bills already processed into law, “delivering a significant blow to a governor already engulfed in withering criticism and scrutiny seven months into his second term,” according to the Press Herald. One of the bills is LD 870 An Act To Amend the Maine Spruce Budworm Management Laws. It wasn’t a bill that the governor opposed – in fact, his veto message expresses no criticism of LD 870. Read more.

Calendar of Events

MFPC Annual Meeting

When: Sun September 13 12:00 PM - Mon September 14 11:00 PM

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

MFPC Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu November 12 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu December 10 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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