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.
IFW Advisory Council to take up bear-feeding petition Aug. 12
After an online public hearing and the end of the comment period July 20, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council will discuss the rule-making proposal at its Aug. 12 online meeting. Including the petitioner, John Glowa, president of the Maine Wolf Coalition, 17 people testified at the virtual public hearing July 8 and IFW received slightly more than 250 public comments on the rule proposal.
After the Aug. 12 meeting, IFW Commissioner Judy Camuso will make the determination whether or not the rule change moves forward for a vote before the Council at its September meeting.
The proposal would amend Chapter 16 rules to establish a bear-feeding season and create and set limits on bear-feeding permits.
Calendar of Events
MFPC Exec. Meeting
MFPC Annual 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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