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.
What a session! Democrats enjoy ‘trifecta’
In the 129th Legislature, Democrats had what’s known as a state government trifecta, meaning they held the governor’s office and majorities in both the House and Senate. According to Ballotpedia, Maine Democrats held trifecta control of state government from 2003 to 2010, but in all other years from 1992 to 2017, control of state government was divided. “This session certainly reflected a changing of the guard,” said Executive Director Patrick Strauch.
Bills were coming out fast and furiously right until the session ended June 20 and the forest products industry certainly saw its fair share — there were 432 on MFPC’s tracking list. To give members a quick overview, Strauch has briefly commented on our Top bills, and added an MFPC Legislative Report Card. We’ve also included a chart, called Maine Legislature by the numbers. Although the Legislature has adjourned, it’s anticipated to come back in session, perhaps in Augusta, to finish other business, such as the bond package. Read more in our newsletter.
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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.