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.
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
MFPC Legislative Reception
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.
What’s happening in Maine’s forest economy? A lot! Don’t miss our December electronic newsletter.
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.