Patrick Strauch, Executive Director

Patrick Strauch received his B.S. degree in forest management and his master’s in silviculture from the University of Maine. The topic of his master’s thesis was “Early Stand Establishment of Balsam Fir and Red Spruce.” He began his career as a forester for St. Regis Paper Co. and U.S. Gypsum Company in Maine and then moved to manage recycling and trucking companies, becoming a regional vice president of Casella Waste Systems and director of the Sawyer Companies in Bangor.

He returned to the forest industry in 2001 as coordinator of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). In January 2004, he became the executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC), a not-for-profit trade association that has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy since 1961.

The MFPC speaks for about 300 member companies, including all segments of the diverse forest products community, at the Maine Legislature, across the state and in Washington D.C. Members include logging contractors, sawmills, paper mills, biomass energy facilities, pellet and furniture manufacturers, the owners of more than nine million acres of commercial forestland. The Council strives to represent anyone with an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource.

Patrick leads MFPC’s staff and works closely with the Council’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors and members. In 2014, he received the W.D. Hagenstein Communicators Award from the Society of American Foresters, which recognizes a member “who displays the ability, talent, and skill to lead innovative and exemplary communications initiatives and programs that increase the general public’s understanding of forestry and natural resources at the local, regional, or national level.” Farm Credit of Maine gave him its “Distinguished Service Award” in 2012.

MFPC serves the forest products community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. 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. The Council also works with other forestry organizations and with the Natural Resource Network, a group made up of farming, recreation and forestry organizations.

Patrick resides on a farm in Exeter, Maine, with his wife Nancy and their three children.

Phone: (207) 622-9288

Email: Patrick Strauch

Patrick Sirois, Director of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Patrick Sirois grew up in a logging and sawmill family. Upon graduation from the Bath Iron Works Apprenticeship Program 

in 1983, he was called back to the woods to begin a logging career that lasted until 1997, when he was recruited to become the first Director of Maine’s Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

In 2001, he went to work for the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine to assist in the development of the Master Logger Program. In 2004, Patrick re-joined the Council staff to return as the SFI Director.

Patrick and his wife Bethany live in Litchfield, Maine with their three children.

Phone : (207) 622-9288

Email: Pat Sirois

Sue McCarthy, Office Manager

Susan McCarthy has been with the Maine Forest Products Council since 2006, most recently serving as the office manager/bookkeeper.  Prior to that, Sue enjoyed a 33-year career with International Paper Company working in the Technical Services Department to provide mapping and inventory services for holdings throughout the northeast.  A true Maine native, Sue grew up in a paper-making family and was recognized as a 4th generation employee by IP as part of their centennial celebrations.  Sue lives in Winthrop with her husband Kevin McCarthy.  They have three grown children and 6 grandchildren.  In her spare time, Sue enjoys gardening, golfing, quilting, reading and home renovation.

Phone: (207) 622-9288

Email: Sue McCarthy

 Michele MacLean, Contract Lobbyist

Michelle for websiteMichele MacLean of Capitol Strategies has lobbied for the Council for nearly two decades. She lives with her two children in Gardiner, Maine.

Cell Phone: (207) 215-9448

Email: Michele MacLean