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Maine Department of Labor Publishes Paid Family Medical Leave Rules for Public Comment

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2024 Maine Department of Labor Publishes Paid Family Medical Leave Rules for Public Comment The Department will accept comments through July 8 AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Labor has published proposed rules for Maine’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, which is now available for comments from the […]

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Executive Order 5: An Order to Lead by Example in State Owned and Leased Buildings

FY 23/24 WHEREAS, Maine is required to be carbon neutral by 2045, and has committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 45% below 1990 levels by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050; WHEREAS, a changing climate, and the need for new, more efficient technologies offers tremendous opportunities for Maine’s wood products sector, and Maine is

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FOR/Maine Coalition Wins Grant to Boost Maine’s Forest Product Sector Workforce 

Hallowell, Maine — August 15, 2023 — The FOR/Maine (Forest Opportunity Roadmap) Coalition is pleased to announce a grant of $113,243 to develop and offer a 10-week, virtual course that will enable Mainers to obtain micro-credentials or college credits needed for many jobs in Maine’s burgeoning forest sector. The Growing Maine’s Forest Product Sector Workforce funds are made possible by a private

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BDN: Log cutting marks start of ‘something really big’ at Madison insulation mill

Source MADISON, Maine — Instead of a ribbon, some of Maine’s top politicians and the White House climate adviser celebrated the cutting of a log on Friday to enshrine a pioneering wood fiber insulation mill. After years of pandemic-related hurdles to acquire more than $125 million in public and private financing, TimberHP is now the first

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FCCL: Scientific Report Finds Maine’s Commercial Forests Can Store More Carbon While Maintaining Harvest

Maine, March 6, 2023 —A new study was released today by the Forest Carbon for Commercial Landowners (FCCL) Initiative demonstrating that shifts in forest management in Maine’s commercial timberlands could increase forest carbon sequestration and storage while maintaining current harvest levels. The study further determined that the incentives required to make such changes are relatively

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Mainebiz: New act for forest products: Manufacturers find new uses for Maine’s vast forest resource

Originally published on Mainebiz In the Penobscot County town of Enfield, construction of a facility is underway that will “carbonize” woodchips and sawdust residuals from a neighboring sawmill through a process called pyrolysis. The result is “biochar” — a granular charcoal-like material that is used in high-value applications such as PFAS remediation, stormwater management and

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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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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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Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants Awarded to Maine Forestry Companies

Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants Awarded to Maine Forestry Companies December 9, 2022 Second Round of Forestry Recovery Initiative Builds upon $6 Million Already Awarded Governor Janet Mills announced today that 19 Maine forestry companies have been awarded grants totaling $14 million from the final round of the Forest

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PPH Commentary: Abandoning timber harvesting is not the answer

By Pattie Cormier, special to the Portland Press Herald Working woodlands are critical to Maine’s identity. Maine is the most forested state in the nation, percentage-wise, with 17.5 million acres of forest covering 89% of the landscape. Mainers have worked and played in the woods and manufactured and used wood products harvested from the state’s

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