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.

MFPC Newsletter October 2016

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Success at the 128th Legislature depends on partnerships

Patrick column sigIn case you haven’t turned on your TV, radio or computer lately, there’s an election coming up on Nov. 8, so be sure to vote. We’re already trying to build relationships with the 128th Legislature. That’s why MFPC and its industry partners held Legislative Breakfasts this month (see below). Once we see the makeup of the new Legislature, we’ll begin planning for the upcoming session. And to answer the question we’ve been asked a lot lately: No, the final report of the federal Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT) isn’t out yet, but it’s expected soon (maybe by the end of the month). As soon as we know what’s in it, so will you. As always, thanks so much for your support.

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Tom Doak of SWOAM, Patrick Strauch of MFPC, Dana Doran of PLC and Donna Cassese of MPPA at the Farmington breakfast.

Candidates applaud our industry’s unity at four joint Legislative BreakfastsMore than 200 people turned out, including roughly 75 candidates , many members, and state and local officials.

Don’t miss the Wood Innovators Conference
& Woodworkers Fair Saturday in Hiram, where the goal is finding new ways to create value from Maine’s woods.

Congratulations to Don Mansius, director of the Maine Forest Service, Forest Policy and Management Division, who recently was awarded the Ken Arney Current Achievement Award for Forest Resource Management by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF).

A Times columnist is wrong on biomass, writes Dave Tenny, president and CEO of the Northern Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO).

SEC admits paper is not dead. Mutual fund investors will keep getting paper reports by mail rather than electronically unless they opt out.

Celebrate National Forest Products Week!
Oct.16-22, the nation recognizes the sustainable benefits of wood materials and their important role in the U.S. economy, including $8.5 billion and more than 33,000 jobs contribute in Maine alone. About $1 out of every $20 of the state GDP and about one out of 24 jobs here are associated with the forest product industry, according to a 2016 UMaine study. And as Bob Wagner, former UMaine forestry professor, always said, “Wood is the most environmentally sound material on earth – sustainable, greenhouse-gas friendly, highly versatile, grown with relatively little effort, and most important produced and stored in the form of forests that provide clean water and air, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and beautiful places for recreation and tourism opportunities at little or no cost.”

About MFPC
Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. MFPC’s members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives.We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, but also across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation. We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground.
Patrick Strauch, Executive Director;
Pat Sirois, SFI Coordinator
Roberta Scruggs, Communications Director
Sue McCarthy, Office Manager
207-622-9288, www.maineforest.org

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MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu July 6 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

MFPC Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament at the Bangor municipal golf course in Bangor, Maine
When: Thu July 13 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Bangor Municipal Golf course

MFPC Executive Committee Meeting

When: Thu August 10 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Augusta

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
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