Sustainable forestry
8.3 million acres statewide are certified as sustainably managed by independent auditors --that’s about 50 percent of Maine’s working forest.

A lively Legislative Reception

Rep. Michelle Dunphy and Rep. Craig Hickman were among many legislators, MFPC members and others who enjoy a great buffet and lively conversation at our 2017 Legislative Reception.

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Clarifying landowner liability

Between the learning curve for new members and the days missed due to bad weather, this session is off to a slow start. One focus so far, though, has been three landowner liability bills and there are ongoing discussions about how to clarify and protect clarify and protect landowners from liability.

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Roadmap Project moves forward

On January 18, the Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT) came to Maine to release its report, which reinforces the priority issues identified by our Maine process and to add a $1 million in funding for the UMO/Industry roadmap project. This award makes it possible to assemble our Forest Implementation Team (FIT) to work with the university and carry out our work plan.

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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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Legislative breakfasts build relationships

For the first time, MFPC held joint breakfasts with SWOAM, Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC) and the Maine Pulp & Paper Association (MPPA) and a number of candidates said they were pleased to see the industry speaking as a united force. "It’s really helpful when the industry can be unified," said Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, "and come to the Legislature with a common 'ask' and express what their common needs are."

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Jim Contino, center

MFPC's new president, Jim Contino

"I am quite proud to accept the role of president of MFPC," Contino said, "and am looking forward to becoming much more involved in Council business over the next two years. This is something I have looked forward to for some time now. Some of you might not think that a guy from a recently bankrupt paper company is necessarily the best person to serve as president. Let me tell you why you might be wrong.

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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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Paper is still No. 1!

Along with paper, forest products and wood products are among the Maine's top 11 exports by industry, with a combined value of $736,783,355 – 27 percent of Maine’s total exports in 2015. Canada continues to be the top destination for all Maine exports, including forest products. Total U.S. exports of forest products topped $33.7 billion last year.

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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, 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.

MFPC fact sheet

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Maine's Forest Economy

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.

 

 

Forest economy ‘roadmap’ now under construction

By Patrick Strauch, MFPC Executive Director

Our long-awaited and much-discussed “roadmap” for Maine’s forest economy is under construction now and it has a new name: the Forest Economic Growth Initiative. As proposed, this project would cost $2.4 million over three years.

Phase 1 funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)  has been granted, and an MTI grant will provide the 20 percent matching funds. An application for Phase 2 funding will be submitted to EDA in fall 2017.

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Calendar of Events

Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu April 13 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hall of Flags Event

When: Thu April 27 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: State House

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu May 11 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu May 11 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

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

 

 

 

 

 

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 best of 2016

Don Tardie of Ashland, who retired as managing director of the Maine Woods Co. in 2013, received the prestigious Albert D. Nutting Award. Read more.

Dave Struble of Pittston, state entomologist at the Maine Forest Service, received the Abby Holman Public Service Award. Read more.

Mike Dann of Dixmont, who worked for Seven Islands Land Co. for 36 years, was named Outstanding Forester. Read more.

William A. Day Jr. and Sons of Porter was chosen as Outstanding Logger. 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.

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.