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Secondary wood manufacturing contributes 8,884 jobs and $1.8 billion to Maine's economy, about 20 percent of the forest products industry’s impact.

Five valuable breakfasts

We finished the last of five candidates breakfasts on October 10 in Calais and I’m happy to say we had an excellent turnout — about 150 total — of candidates and members. These breakfasts are valuable because they bring our members together with candidates who care enough about our industry to show up — some driving many miles — and listen.

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Catch up on all the action at the annual meeting!

More than 100 people heard Maine's four gubernatorial candidates speak about forest products issues, including Tree Growth Tax, work force development, and R&D for new wood-based products; found out about the unified paper industry’s effort to slow the decline in paper consumption and about how St. Croix Tissue has revitalized Woodland Pulp.

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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

This 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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Green Me Up!

Crowds gathered at both the SFI and PLT booths at L.L. Bean most of the day as the Girl Scouts of Maine hosted the Earth Day event "Green ME Up!" We talked with Girl Scouts from as far south as Eliot and north from Madawaska."The Girl Scouts already had a real understanding of sustainability," said Pat Sirois, SFI Maine coordinator, "and some of them were exceptional in their ability to articulate the concepts."

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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.

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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.

It’s time to start thinking about 129th Legislature

By Patrick Strauch, Executive Director

We finished the last of five candidates breakfasts on October 10 in Calais and I’m happy to say we had an excellent turnout — about 150 total — of candidates and members. In fact, we even had a member who is a candidate! These breakfasts are valuable because they bring our members together with candidates who care enough about our industry to show up — some driving many miles — and listen. Some will cast important votes on industry issues in the coming legislative session, but even those who don’t win are likely to remain active and engaged in their  towns.

They all need to know what’s happening in our $8.5 billion industry, especially since we to hope to grow it to $12 billion by 2025. Read more.

 

Calendar of Events

129th First Regular Session of Maine Legislature

The First Regular Session begins Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Statutory Adjournment is Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
When: Wed December 5 12:00 AM - Wed June 19 2019 12:00 AM

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

Don’t miss MFPC’s Board meeting Nov. 8!

Maine will soon have a new governor and margins are likely to be very close in the struggle for control of  the Maine House and Senate. There’s no guarantee all the races will be settled just two days after the election, but Executive Director Patrick Strauch, lobbyist Michele MacLean and Bill Ferdinand of Eaton Peabody will make sense of it all and give us their take on how the next administration and Legislature might affect the forest products industry.
 
Strauch encourages all members to think about the issues that MFPC should focus on and let the Council know what legislation would be helpful to their businesses. 
 
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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.