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.
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.
Celebrate Maine Forest Products Week!
“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 the impact of our $8 billion forest industry is felt in every county across the state.
Building upon the work of FOR/Maine and its associated publicity, plus all the investments in research and facilities in recent years, we will focus on the bright future of Maine forest products, from traditional manufacturing to hi-tech wood fabrics, and the related benefits for people. We will highlight statewide economic impacts with special importance to rural economies and highlight the myriad of jobs, careers, and new technologies within the forest products industry. Read more.
Calendar of Events
Maine Forest Products Week
Gov. Janet Mills\'s presentation of Austin Wilkins Award
Outstanding! MFPC honors the best of 2019
A 59-year-old mystery
Why has Maine, with one of the nation’s oldest forest product industries, only celebrated Forest Products Week twice in the past six decades? And why did the state celebrate in 1984 and 1985?
The 34-year gap between celebrations came to light because the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) asked Gov. Janet Mills to proclaim Oct. 21-26, 2019 as Maine Forest Products Week. 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.