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.
Climate Council will shape legislative discussion and market opportunities
By Executive Director Patrick Strauch
Last week I participated in marathon Zoom meetings representing forestry issues on the Maine Climate Change Council, appointed by Gov. Janet Mills last September (see membership below). To many of you, this may seem a low priority issue as you adjust to major market swings and payroll challenges, but from a strategic market perspective you are all major players in this global discussion. There is growing public awareness that trees play a significant role in sequestering carbon.
The Climate Council is responsible for integrating and prioritizing strategies to move forward in the State Climate Action Plan that will be delivered to the governor and Legislature by December 1. So the action plan will shape the legislative discussion and market opportunities for Maine. Read more.
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.
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