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Legislative Update – April 7, 2023

This week committees quickened the pace, with the standard two-week notice period for public hearings being reduced to a one-week notice period. What this means is that from here on out, we will have less time to mobilize our membership around certain bills of interest, so keep an eye on your inbox for our communications. We will […]

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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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Legislative Update – March 24, 2023

This was a busy week in Augusta for the Council, as there were many moving parts and a number of bills we unfortunately had to play defense on. On Monday, the Council testified before the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee in support of LD 1048, “An Act Regarding the Authority of Municipalities to Regulate Timber Harvesting.”

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Legislative Update – March 10, 2023

This was yet another busy week at the Legislature with our team monitoring a number of committees as bills of interest make their way through the process. In addition to our usual legislative duties, we were honored to co-host a legislative breakfast reception this week with the Retail Lumber Dealers Association of Maine on Thursday.

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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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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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