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Budworm task force 'unveils' draft of response plan

About 60 industry, environmental, and fish and wildlife advocates as well as state and federal officials gathered for the unveiling of the draft response plan for the upcoming spruce budworm outbreak. First the report was summarized and then there were breakout sessions on particular sections of the report, including Monitoring and Protection; Forest Management; Policy, Regulation and Funding; Wildlife Habitat, and Wood Supply/Economic Impacts. Topics of discussion included spraying, deer yards, riparian zones, fire danger and what to do if ...

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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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What does 127th Legislature hold for forest products?

At MFPC's Board meeting Nov. 13, there was a lot of discussion about the next four years and especially the upcoming legislative session. Members heard from Maine State Forester Doug Denico; John Butera, senior economic advisor to Gov. Paul LePage, and Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Penobscot,' the assistant Senate majority leader.

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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 the October convention in Utah.

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Northern Long-Eared Bat

In an unusual move, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agreed to reopen the public comment process on its proposal to list the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The docket will accept new comments for an additional month, closing the docket again at noon on December 18.

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Forest products top Maine exports

In 2013, Maine’s forest products exports totaled $891 million, which is 33 percent of the state's total $2.6 billion exports. The forest industry’s three major categories claimed three spots – first, second and fourth -- in the year’s list of Maine’s top exports.

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The best of 2014

Each year, the Maine Forest Products Council asks its members to select outstanding individuals from the forest products community. Nominees for best logger, forester, truck and manufacturer must not only excel in their professions, but they also must exert a positive impact on our industry. The nomination criteria is rigorous and each nominee is closely scrutinized by MFPC staff. the scrutiny by MFPC is exacting. The winners of MFPC awards are the best in the business.

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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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Annual meeting 'one of the best'

The reviews are in, and the consensus is that the 54th MFPC Annual Meeting was, as members said, “one of the best,” “valuable and enjoyble” and “whoever is in charge of the weather gets extra points.” The weather certainly could not have been more accommodating for the meeting, which was held in Bar Harbor on Sept. 7 and 8. With a beautiful backdrop, the business and informational sessions were well attended and so was the tour of Pleasant River ...

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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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Special report

$1 out of every $16 in Maine’s gross state product and one out of every 20 jobs is associated with the forest products sector.

Dr. Todd Gabe, a University of Maine economist, recently completed a study showing forest products contributed $8 billion to Maine’s economy in 2011. Read more about Maine’s Forest Economy.

 

Getting down to business

at the legislatureThe elections are over and it is time to prepare for the 127th Legislature. With one of the largest freshmen classes of legislators in recent history, a lot of relationship building and education will need to take place. After spending time hosting regional breakfasts throughout the state and meeting many wonderful candidates, it’s time to congratulate the winners and get down to business. Read more.

 

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Bob Wagner of UMaine summarizes the report.

Budworm task force unveils report

“Whose idea was this?” Executive Director Patrick Strauch joked as he reported on the lively Policy Regulation and Funding session at the “unveiling” of the  spruce budworm draft plan Nov. 18.

“In our group there was lots of energy – lots of energy!” Strauch said. “Some thought it was a good first draft and others thought we were being alarmist. I had to move out of being defensive and just take notes.”

Keeping Maine Future hosted the meeting as about 60 people reviewed the response plan that the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC), University of Maine and Maine Forest Service (MFS) have been working on for more than year. Read more.

Luke Brochu

Luke Brochu

Outstanding! MFPC honors best of 2014

  • Outstanding Manufacturer: Hardwood Products of Guilford
  • Outstanding Logger: Richard Wing, Richard Wing & Sons Logging, Standish
  • Outstanding Forester: Tricia Quinn of Plum Creek
  • Outstanding Trucker: Jim Carrier, Richard Carrier Trucking, Skowhegan

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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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