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Secondary wood manufacturing contributes 8,884 jobs and $1.8 billion to Maine's economy, about 20 percent of the forest products industry’s impact.
At MFPC's legislative reception, attendance is always great, conversation is lively and the buffet is terrific.

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 MFPC Legislative Reception, Jan. 23

When do MFPC members and legislators get a chance to talk in a relaxed setting? At our annual legislative reception, Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the MFPC office, 535 Civic Center Dr., Augusta. Find out what's happening in the forest products industry, from challenges to opportunities. This year, we also plan to display as many of our members’ great products as the building will hold. To register, contact smccarthy@maineforest.org.

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What do you think about Maine's Tree Growth Tax program?

The second session of the 128th Legislature begins Jan. 3, with 93 new bills and 319 carryover bills, including the guns and rangers bill, many bills about biomass, biomass energy and energy policy and the governor’s Tree Growth bill, LD 1599. MFPC represents our industry on a committee that was asked to “review all aspects of the MTGTL and develop recommendations regarding any changes you believe to be appropriate to improve the law and its administration." What do you think ...

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What's up with Maine's white pine?

Ken Laustsen, biometrician for the Maine Forest Service, reported on the status of white pine at the MFPC Board meeting Nov. 9, saying “Eastern White Pine is still ranked statewide as #3 in total live merchantable volume and #1 in sawtimber volume,” Laustsen said. “Over the last 20 years, concerns have been occasionally raised about the status and prospects of this species.The presentation addresses both issues, looking at the forest type’s core area and the broader statewide trends.”

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After a dark decade, secondary wood manufacturing rebounds

Secondary wood manufacturing once played an enormous role in Maine’s rural economy, with mills in many towns across the state. Then from roughly 1998 to 2008, a flood of imports put many mills out of business. In 2003 alone about a dozen closed. But the survivors learned how to survive in global markets and their industry is now growing again.

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Maine SIC wins SFI's 2017 Achievement Award

The Maine SFI Implementation Committee won the 2017 Committee Achievement Award at the SFI Annual Conference in Ottawa in recognition of its exceptional education outreach efforts focused on water quality; community partnership with Make-A-Wish Maine, and the growth of Maine's SFI Program.

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Defoliation by spruce budworm at Maine’s border

Although we have still not picked up defoliation by spruce budworm in Maine, surveyors in New Brunswick have, including some right across our border. Observers recorded very light and scattered defoliation on the New Brunswick side of the St. John River between Madawaska and St. Francis in ground plots.

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Council honors the best of 2017

Steve Schley, president of Pingree Associates; Barry Burgason, retired wildlife biologist from Huber Resources; Win Smith of Limington Lumber; Dan Qualey of Qualey Logging, and Eric Dumond, formerly of ReEnergy and now vice president of procurement at Maine Biomass Export, have earned the respect of their colleagues in Maine's forest products industry.

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At 57th annual meeting, MFPC tackles biomass, CHP and strategic planning

“I look forward to talking with long time friends and business relationships,” said member Dick Robertson. “I felt positive and encouraged about the future of Maine’s forest products industry. Timely and relevant speakers. Always a great event and well planned/organized by Executive Director Patrick Strauch and staff.”

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Forest products still Maine's top export

Forest products remained Maine’s largest export industry with $626 million in sales in 2016, nearly 22 percent of all Maine exports. Canada remains Maine’s top trading partner for paper and wood products by a wide margin, and is second to China on wood pulp and recovered paper, with Sweden moving up fast to take the third spot.

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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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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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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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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, 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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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.

How will forest products be challenged this session?

By Patrick Strauch, MFPC Executive Director

There are about 319 total carryover bills and about 10 of those are on our watch list, ranging from the age-old guns and rangers effort, to a lot of important discussion about biomass, biomass energy and energy policy. And, of course, the governor’s Tree Growth bill, LD 1599, was carried over as well. A total of 93 new bills have been allowed and we will be watching more than a dozen or so in some degree are on our watch list. There’s no way to be certain at this point, because some are only bill titles, so there’s no way to know exactly what’s being proposed.  Read more.

 

Calendar of Events

128th Maine Legislature second session

When: Wed January 3 10:00 AM - Wed April 18 11:00 PM

MFPC Legislative Reception

Maine legislators are invited to enjoy great food, drinks and opportunities to talk with MFPC members from across the state and find out what's ahead for Maine's forest products industry, from challenges to opportunities. Call 207-622-9288 for more information.
When: Tue January 23 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: MFPC Office, 535 Civic Center Dr., Augusta ME

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. 

Request for Proposals

Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative: Strategic Plan for the Forest Products Industry

Issue Date: December 8, 2017; Closing Date: January 10, 2018

This RFP will lead to hiring of a firm to help the Roadmap project write its strategic plan. The company chosen will identify Maine’s forest product market capabilities and competitiveness, and quantify Maine’s future wood supply to develop a Vision & Roadmap for Maine’s future forest products economy. Read RFP.  Questions and answers on RFP.

 

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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.