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.
MFPC 58th Annual Meeting: Candidates and much more
Maine’s four gubernatorial candidates, Republican Shawn Moody, Democrat Janet Mills, and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron, spoke about forest products issues, including Tree Growth Tax, work force development, and R&D for new wood-based products at the Maine Forest Product Council’s 58th Annual Meeting on Sept. 17.
“Access to the gubernatorial candidates was very much appreciated by the members,” said Executive Director Patrick Strauch. “Our industry has a lot at stake in picking the right leader because we can offer the next administration an opportunity to capitalize on our ability to grow the economy in rural parts of Maine if we make the right decisions.” Read more.
Calendar of Events
Maine Wood + Sustainability Tour
Board of Directors Meeting
This spring MFPC added a question to the Critical Insights on Maine survey: “On a scale from 1 to 7, how important to Maine’s economy is the state’s forest products industry? (1 not at all important to 7 very important).” We were happy to see that 44 percent of residents statewide said the forest products industry is very important to the state’s economy and a solid majority of 64 percent chose the top two categories (6 and 7). Read more
MFPC members invited to meet local candidates
All members are invited to meet local legislative candidates, get a look at the “roadmap” for Maine’s forest economy and, thanks to our sponsors, enjoy a complimentary breakfast. The Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC), Maine Woodland Owners, and Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) have invited all legislative candidates to attend one of five regional breakfasts (See locations, dates and times).
We’ll provide a complimentary breakfast, a little time for candidate stump speeches, and a chance for members to talk with candidates. Read more.
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.