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.
Drones are changing forestry in Maine and across the world
Think of Maine’s 17.6 million acres of forestland – as well as the rest of the world — as a giant laboratory where ingenious new uses for drones are discovered all the time. Drones are contributing to sustainable forest management plans, monitoring harvest operations, finding forest fires, tracking invasive insect infestations, search and rescue, and much more.“Right now, we’re using UAVs to help identify wet areas that need to be checked ahead of spray operations and to monitor active harvest operations for BMPs and utilization,” said Chris Fife of Weyerhaeuser. Read more.
It will take time for markets to return to pre-COVID levels
By Executive Director Patrick Strauch
Calendar of Events
MFPC Golf Tournament
MFPC Exec. Meeting
Let’s preserve public access to private land
Maine has a tradition that’s unique in our nation. Maine landowners have traditionally allowed the public to use their properties for recreational activities, while in other states access to private land is often severely restricted. The Council’s report — Understanding public access to private working forests in Maine — is designed to help preserve that tradition. Read more.
Rural Maine businesses not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may be able to get funding under the Business and Industry CARES Act Program. Loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Application deadline is June 22, learn more. USDA is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of requirements: Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Register