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Maine has about 4 millions of acres of conserved lands. That’s more acres than Yellowstone (2,219,791) and Everglades (1,507,850) national parks combined.

Let's celebrate our $8 billion industry!

“Maine's Working Forest: Take Another Look” will be the Council’s focus as we celebrate Maine Forest Products Week October 20-26 in conjunction with National Forest Products Week. This is a terrific opportunity to let our neighbors across Maine know the industry is rebounding and that forest industry impacts are felt in every county across our state.

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Do you recognize the boy in this logging truck?

This youngster is about to take part in a 1984 parade through Augusta in honor of National Forest Products Week. Today he is president of one of Maine's best known forest products companies.

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Forester Sarah Medina, who serves on the Girl Scouts board, helps display the SFI flume table.

PLT and SFI celebrate Earth Day with Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of Maine extended an invitation to PLT and SFI to celebrate Earth Day with them at L.L. Bean in Freeport. "My impression of the Girl Scouts is that they were a very engaging and interested group," said Pat Sirois, SFI Maine coordinator."Despite the sometimes heavy wind and rains, they stood there eager to learn that it’s OK to harvest a tree and that bigger is better when it comes to stream crossings."

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Intro to mechanical engineering

We often hear that students in northern Maine may no longer see job opportunities in the forests, with wood and with wood products. If that's true, it may be because students don't heard about the wind turbines, bridges, composites, pulp and paper, health and engineering research. Fortunately Project Learning Tree's statewide network includes outstanding teachers who seek to bring the best of Maine to their students.

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A full house at MFPC's Legislative Breakfast

At the MFPC breakfast Jan. 29, legislators heard reports from MFPC members on key sectors of the industry, including pulp and paper, sawmils and logging, and got a copy of our new Special Report, Understanding public access to working forests.

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KMF Forum

About 60 Participants attended a Keeping Maine's Forests (KMF) recreation forum at MFPC Nov. 9, which was designed to encourage a conversation between landowners and those who depend on access to private land so that everyone is aware of existing and emerging issues, and also to foster stronger relationships.

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Outstanding! Brian Souers, Mark Doty, Jim Nicols, Vern Labbe, Ken Laustsen, Sarah Medina and Robert Linkletter.

Outstanding! The best of 2018

Each year, the Maine Forest Products Council asks its members to select outstanding individuals from the forest products community who excel in their professions. Find out what Brian Souers, Mark Doty, Jim Nicols, Vern Labbe, Ken Laustsen, Sarah Medina and Robert Linkletter are doing right.

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Importance of forest products industry to Maine's economy

Last spring MFPC added one question to the Critical Insights on Maine survey, a comprehensive, statewide public opinion survey of registered voters, which has been documenting the attitudes, perceptions, and preferences of Maine’s residents for more than 20 years. “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).”

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What's up with Maine's white pine?

Ken Laustsen, biometrician for the Maine Forest Service, reported on the status of white pine at the MFPC Board meeting Nov. 9, saying “Eastern White Pine is still ranked statewide as #3 in total live merchantable volume and #1 in sawtimber volume,” Laustsen said. “Over the last 20 years, concerns have been occasionally raised about the status and prospects of this species.The presentation addresses both issues, looking at the forest type’s core area and the broader statewide trends.”

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After a dark decade, secondary wood manufacturing rebounds

Secondary wood manufacturing once played an enormous role in Maine’s rural economy, with mills in many towns across the state. Then from roughly 1998 to 2008, a flood of imports put many mills out of business. In 2003 alone about a dozen closed. But the survivors learned how to survive in global markets and their industry is now growing again.

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Check out Maine's budworm website

A new spruce budworm website, designed to be a comprehensive communications outreach tool and resource for the coming outbreak in Maine, has been launched by a statewide task force.The website provides facts about the natural cycle of the budworm, current information regarding the approach and potential impacts of the next outbreak, an historical backdrop, and interactive maps on current outbreak status and citizen science. It also includes an interactive Q&A on the site, and the ability to request experts to ...

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Amazing lynx photos

MFPC just sent comments, reports and photos regarding the Canada lynx status review. Foresters working for a number of MFPC members in the northern forests are seeing a lot of lynx. Even if you just want to look at the great pictures of beautiful lynx, this report is worth a look.

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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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Join us!

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, 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.

MFPC fact sheet

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Understanding public access to private working forests in Maine

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. This tradition is especially important because Maine is 89 percent forested and of Maine’s 17.6 million forested acres, 15.9 million acres are private commercial forestland. This Special Report  is designed to tell you about the variety of ways that landowners not only try to be neighborly, but also to be good stewards of our forests.

What a session! Democrats enjoy ‘trifecta’

In the 129th Legislature, Democrats had what’s known as a state government trifecta, meaning they held the governor’s office and majorities in both the House and Senate. According to Ballotpedia, Maine Democrats held trifecta control of state government from 2003 to 2010, but in all other years from 1992 to 2017, control of state government was divided. “This session certainly reflected a changing of the guard,” said Executive Director Patrick Strauch.

Bills were coming out fast and furiously right until the session ended June 20 and the forest products industry certainly saw its fair share — there were 432 on MFPC’s tracking list. To give members a quick overview, Strauch has briefly commented on our Top bills, and added an MFPC Legislative Report Card. We’ve also included a chart, called Maine Legislature by the numbers. Although the Legislature has adjourned, it’s anticipated to come back in session, perhaps in Augusta, to finish other business, such as the bond package. Read more in our newsletter.

 

Calendar of Events

MFPC Board Meeting

When: Thu November 14 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: MFPC Office, 535 Civic Center Drive, Augusta Maine

In 2018, Maine exported $551 million in forest products

 
International trade is a major component of Maine’s forest products industry. The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) estimates that Maine exported approximately $551 million worth of forest products in 2018 to countries like Canada, China, and Italy. This represents about 20 percent of Maine’s total exports.  Read more
 
 
 

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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.

With thanks and appreciation for the Pacific Forest Foundation, creator of the original, award-winning “This Is My Office” video, which inspired our Maine version.