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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 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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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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PPH Commentary: In Maine as elsewhere, the forest industry serves a vital purpose

By Patrick Strauch, special to the Portland Press Herald Recently, your paper ran an opinion piece (“Commentary: Don’t be fooled by myths of carbon in Maine, New England wood products,” Nov. 7) by authors from two out-of-state groups that misrepresented Maine’s forest industry and oversimplified the very complicated issue of climate change. The truth is, Maine’s responsibly managed

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November 2022 MFPC Newsletter

Click here to view the full November 2022 Newsletter The last month has been an exciting one for Maine’s forest products industry. The month kicked off with the Bangor Daily News’ annual Maine Forest Products publication. The Council was featured on page 16 with a half-page advertisement and a column highlighting ongoing investments and emerging opportunities in

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Brian Flewelling Recognized by Maine Forest Products Council with 2022 President’s Award

The Maine Forest Products Council awarded Brian Flewelling of Easton with the organization’s 2022 President’s Award at a board meeting on Thursday, November 10. The award, presented by MFPC Board President Ryan McAvoy, was presented to Flewelling in recognition of his public service to the forest products industry as an exceptional businessman in the financial

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