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.
Poll shows Mainers know importance of state’s forest economy
By Patrick Strauch, MFPC Executive Director
Those of us inside Maine’s forest products industry know there are many positive events occurring, but we also have wondered how the closure of five pulp or paper mills from 2014 to 2016 has affected public perception. So this spring we 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
Calendar of Events
Annual Meeting at Sebasco Resort
Board of Directors Meeting
Maine’s Roadmap project is all about reinventing our forest products industry. So it’s a great time to look at a place that’s already done that – Finland. Get the details in a presentation by Petri Sirviö of Stora Enso. Watch video above or see slides.
As beech dominates, maple abundance declines
The composition of hardwood forests in the northeastern United States is changing significantly, according to a University of Maine-led research team. In the past 30 years in forestlands in four states, climate-associated changes have increased the abundance of American beech compared to three other hardwood species commonly associated with the regional forests. The change from beech-maple-birch forests to more beech-dominated forestlands could have consequences for ecosystem structure and function, say the researchers. 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.