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.
Denico receives 2020 Abby Holman Public Service Award
Don Mansius, director of Forest Policy and Management Division at the Maine Forest Service (MFS) not only nominated Doug Denico for the Maine Forest Products Council’s 2020 Abby Holman Public Service, also presented the award at MFPC’s “virtual” annual meeting September 21, saying: “Doug Denico is one of those rare people who was able to move from the private sector into the public sector and step into the role of public servant without missing a beat. As state forester for eight years, Doug took care of Maine’s forests and forest policy and left both in better shape. He reached out to a diverse forestry community to implement progressive forest policies.” Read more.
The state of Maine’s forest economy in 2020
With roughly $1 billion dollars invested in Maine’s forest economy in the past few years, there’s a lot to talk about. So the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) invited all legislative candidates and MFPC members to attend one of the four regional online meetings.
Traditionally, the Maine Forest Products Council holds a series of regional breakfasts — and we provide the breakfast! — to give candidates and MFPC’s members a chance to get to know each other. In the COVID era, though, that tradition had to change, so we turned to ZOOM to bring everyone together. Candidates got a chance to hear about our industry, from the effects of COVID to the rapidly developing market for new forest-based products. The webinars were designed to bring candidates and constituents together to ask questions and discuss issues. See video and/or download the powerpoint
Calendar of Events
Maine Forest Products Week
Celebrate Maine Forest Products Week! Congress designated the third week of October (October 18-24, 2020) as National Forest Products Week (NFPW) to recognize the value of forest products and commit to conservation practices that help responsibly manage U.S. forests. This week celebrates the role and impact of forests and wood as an integral component to our nation's society.
MFPC Board 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.
Covid-19 resources and guidance
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Deadline Oct. 29! Businesses and non-profits with up to 250 people eligible for Phase 2 Recovery grants
Gov. Janet Mills announced her administration launched a second phase of the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program from, Sept. 23 through Oct 23. Phase 2 will make available approximately $95 million in remaining funds from Phase 1 and expand access to the program by increasing the number of eligible businesses and non-profits. Under Phase 2, businesses and non-profits that employ up to 250 people will be eligible for grant rewards. Previously, small businesses and non-profits with up to 50 people were eligible. Additionally, licensed childcare and behavioral health organizations will be eligible in this round. The Department of Economic and Community Development estimates that nearly 3,000 more businesses and non-profit organizations will be eligible for grants as a result of the program’s expansion. Read more.