Join MFPC and be heard in Augusta and Washington!

Executive Direct Patrick Strauch and other members view a worksite at the MFPC annual meeting.
Executive Director Patrick Strauch (front left) and other members view a work site at the MFPC annual meeting.

Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been a vital voice for the forest products community in Maine, including landowners, paper mills, sawmills, wood pellet plants, biomass energy plants, loggers, truckers, primary and secondary wood processors, and related service industries. The primary purpose of the Council is to provide a supportive economic and public policy climate for the forest products community and promote a healthier, more vital forestry sector. Membership dues are based on acres or production, but there also are rates for individuals and associated businesses. MFPC membership brochure.

To find out more about joining MFPC, contact Sue McCarthy, 207-622-9288.

How we work for our members’ interests

MFPC stays on top of legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting Maine’s forest products industry by:

  • Working with policy makers to enhance Maine’s business climate for our members
  • Creating important policy dialogue among members
  • Conducting outreach efforts to inform the public about Maine’s forest products industry
  • Updating economic impact information about our industry (a new initiative is starting now).
  • Helping members stay informed on the industry in Maine and beyond with Forest Products Headlines, a news clipping service, and MFPC This Week, a weekly newsletter focused on issues and initiatives across Maine’s forest products industry.
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MFS Director Doug Denico, left, and member Brian Flewelling of Key Bank,  enjoy the summer golf tournament.

Enjoy fellowship, fun and networking

Take advantage of the Council’s opportunities to visit with industry and political leaders.

  • MFPC Annual Meeting – Usually held in September, this event takes place in a new location every year and offers an important review of the year’s events and a glimpse of issues to come
  • Summer Golf Tournament – An opportunity to have fun and catch up with industry leaders
  • Legislative Reception – An avenue to connect with legislators in a relaxed setting
  • Regional member breakfasts – Get to know industry leaders in your area and discuss your concerns.

Here’s why members are glad they joined

Dick Robertson, Chief Credit and Risk Management Officer, Farm Credit of Maine, Auburn: “The Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) is the “common voice” for landowners, mills, loggers, trucking and others who provide essential products and services to Maine’s diverse and economically important wood businesses on governmental, trade and environmental affairs that are essential to the industries well-being and the forest economy. The MFPC proactively represents its members on a number of business issues that directly and indirectly impact the broader forest industry community. The forest products industry provides Maine families with excellent employment opportunities, a great place to live and produces products that are consumed by people all over the world. Collectively, the industry has and continues to enjoy the benefits and rewards of working together.”

Jim Robbins Sr.Jim Robbins Sr., Robbins Lumber, Searsmont: “We belong to the Maine Forest Products Council because they do a fantastic job representing the Maine forest products industry in Maine legislative matters and also our interests at the federal level. They cover the broad diversity of interests within our industry and also give us a great opportunity to interact with others in our industry. They are very professional at what they do and represent us well.”

David Wilson, Katahdin Forest Management, Millinocket: “I feel there are two important reasons to be part of the MFPC membership and participate as a board member. One is to stay informed of the political process in Augusta and the second is to promote the importance of the forest industry in Maine.”

Jim Contino, Verso Paper, Bucksport: “I am an active member in MFPC because it gives me an excellent forum to work on common issues and strengthen relationships within my wood supply chain.”

David Stearns, Chadbourne Tree Farms, Bethel: “We are a small family owned company and do not have the time or the resources to stay on top of all of the legislative issues that impact our business. Having MFPC in Augusta during sessions has greatly improved the overall legislative climate. I feel that having MFPC involved and visible keeps our law makers in check. Personally, I like the flow of information. It works good for me to receive emails and newsletters so that I can stay current on those same issues.”

Mark Doty, community affairs manager, Plum Creek Timber Co., Fairfield:

  • Common voice of the industry
  • Opportunities to interact with industry members
  • Feeds with news that is important to my company

Charles Tardif, vice president of Corporate Development and Procurement, Maibec Logging Inc., Fort Kent:
“As a Canadian member of MFPC, our participation to MFPC allows us to:

  • Be better informed on Maine Legislature and new bills that could affect our business
  • Be represented and defended , if needed, during presentations of adverse bills at the Maine Legislature
  • Hub where forest land owners, loggers, truckers and mills can debate and discuss common and opposite, in some case, topics and try to find common ground.
  • MFPC representation allows us to propose legislative material.
  • Support in the Labor field especially with the situation of scarcity of trained labor along Maine – Québec border.
  • MFPC helps maintain a balanced and well-informed view about international wood trade between Canada and USA
  • Create social opportunities to meet with log and service suppliers

We really appreciate the Council and feel well represented.”