Patrick Strauch received his B.S. degree in forest management and his master’s in silviculture from the University of Maine. The topic of his master’s thesis was “Early Stand Establishment of Balsam Fir and Red Spruce.” He began his career as a forester for St. Regis Paper Co. and U.S. Gypsum Company in Maine and then moved to manage recycling and trucking companies, becoming a regional vice president of Casella Waste Systems and director of the Sawyer Companies in Bangor.
He returned to the forest industry in 2001 as coordinator of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). In January 2004, he became the executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC), a not-for-profit trade association that has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy since 1961.
The MFPC speaks for about 300 member companies, including all segments of the diverse forest products community, at the Maine Legislature, across the state and in Washington D.C. Members include logging contractors, sawmills, paper mills, biomass energy facilities, pellet and furniture manufacturers, the owners of more than nine million acres of commercial forestland. The Council strives to represent anyone with an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource.
Patrick leads MFPC’s staff and works closely with the Council’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and members. In 2014, he received the W.D. Hagenstein Communicators Award from the Society of American Foresters, which recognizes a member “who displays the ability, talent, and skill to lead innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and programs that increase the general public’s understanding of forestry and natural resources at the local, regional, or national level.” Farm Credit of Maine gave him its “Distinguished Service Award” in 2012.
MFPC serves the forest products community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. 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. The Council also works with other forestry organizations and with the Natural Resource Network, a group made up of farming, recreation and forestry organizations.
Patrick resides on a farm in Exeter, Maine, with his wife Nancy and their three children.
Phone: (207) 622-9288
Email: Patrick Strauch
Patrick Sirois, Director of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Patrick Sirois grew up in a logging and sawmill family. Upon graduation from the Bath Iron Works Apprenticeship Program in 1983, he was called back to the woods to begin a logging career that lasted until 1997, when he was recruited to become the first Director of Maine’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
In 2001, he went to work for the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine to assist in the development of the Master Logger Program. In 2004, Patrick re-joined the Council staff to return as the SFI Director.
Patrick and his wife Bethany live in Litchfield, Maine with their three children.
Phone : (207) 622-9288
Email: Pat Sirois
Roberta Scruggs started work as MFPC’s communications director on Oct. 1, 2012. Previously, she was the membership/outreach director at the Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton for eight years. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and spent much of her professional life as a reporter, columnist and editor at newspapers ranging from the Arab (Ala.) Tribune to the Miami Herald. In Maine, she has worked for the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Lewiston Sun Journal, and free-lanced for the Maine Times, Down East, Yankee and other publications. She and her late husband, George Krohne also developed a news website called The Scruggs Report in 2004-2005 for in-depth stories about the Maine outdoors. She has two grown sons and lives in Buckfield.
Phone : (207) 622-9288
Email: Roberta Scruggs
Susan McCarthy has been with the Maine Forest Products Council since 2006, most recently serving as the office manager/bookkeeper. Prior to that, Sue enjoyed a 33-year career with International Paper Company working in the Technical Services Department to provide mapping and inventory services for holdings throughout the northeast. A true Maine native, Sue grew up in a paper-making family and was recognized as a 4th generation employee by IP as part of their centennial celebrations. Sue is married to Kevin McCarthy, who works for Sappi Fine Paper in Skowhegan. They live in Winthrop and have three grown children. In her spare time, Sue enjoys gardening, quilting, reading and home renovation.
Phone: (207) 622-9288
Email: Sue McCarthy
Michele MacLean, Contract Lobbyist
Cell Phone: (207) 215-9448
Email: Michele MacLean