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.
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
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!
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.