Sustainable forestry
Forest products remained Maine’s largest export industry in 2016, with $626 million in sales in 2016, nearly 22 percent of all state exports.

Forest products still Maine's top export in 2016

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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'A good day for all!'

The Hall of Flags was crowded, the exhibits were colorful, the conversations were animated and a steady stream of legislators saw and heard what’s going right in the state’s forest products industry. “It was a good day for all!” said Al Feather of Hammond Lumber.

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A lively Legislative Reception

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

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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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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.

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

When: Sun September 17 12:00 PM - Mon September 18 11:00 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu October 12 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Executive Committee Meeting

Budget Meeting
When: Thu November 9 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting

When: Thu November 9 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu December 14 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: MFPC Office


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




Roadmap update

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,


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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.