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Legislative Update – March 3, 2023

Last week our team monitored meetings in a number of committees, submitting testimony in support of two bills. In the ACF Committee, we submitted testimony in support of LD 390, “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review Of Portions Of Chapter 25: Standards For Placing Wood Into Stream Channels To Enhance Cold Water Fisheries Habitat, A Major Substantive Rule […]

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King, Wicker Introduce Bill to Establish “Future of Forests” Panel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced bipartisan legislation to convene a federal advisory panel tasked with making recommendations to secure the health of America’s forests. The “Blue Ribbon” panel would evaluate and review the U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program’s past progress, current priorities, and future

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February 2023 MFPC Newsletter

According to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, the Washington Post has found that agriculture, logging and forestry professions have the highest self-reported levels of happiness, and lowest reported levels of stress, of any major industry category. The study cracks this up to a fact that we all know a

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Letter to the editor: Maine forest products industry welcomes movement on work authorization

Originally printed in the Portland Press Herald Recently it was announced that Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are working together to shorten the time period for asylum seekers to obtain work authorization. If passed, the Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2023 would shorten the time significantly from a process that can take years

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Legislative Update – February 10, 2023

Last week, our staff and lobbyists appeared before two legislative committees to represent our membership in Augusta. In the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, we presented testimony neither for nor against LD 180, “An Act to Allow a Person to File a Paper Copy of a Timber Harvest Notification Form.” In the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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Legislative Update – February 3, 2023

Last week, our staff and lobbyists appeared before four legislative committees to represent our membership in Augusta. In the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, we presented testimony in support of LD 24, “An Act To Prohibit Open Burning Under A Red Flag Warning And Regulate Recreational Campfires” and neither for nor against LD 108, “An Act To

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Legislative Update – January 27, 2023

With the holiday season now behind us, the 131st Legislature is officially underway. Cloture, the last day for legislators to submit bill titles, was December 30. The full list of 2,123 legislative requests (LRs) was recently released, revealing the first real preview of the session ahead.  The Office of the Revisor is now in the process of drafting

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Mainebiz: From Germany to Maine, plans advance for Enfield biochar plant

Link to original story on Mainebiz Standard Biocarbon Corp. founders Frederick and Tom Horton literally watched their ship come in to Portland Harbor from their office windows at 2 Portland Fish Pier on Tuesday, ready to start a process that could help remediate PFAs and heavy metals and capture carbon for thousands of years.   The Horton brothers received

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