Just as MFPC hoped, the Hall of Flags was filled with forest products and people talking about forest products nn April 30, including Gov. LePage, legislators, lobbyists, citizens, and, best of all, the Maine folks who make everything from nanocellulose to biomass electricity to irresistible snowman salt shakers from wood.
“It was a special day,” said MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch. “It’s really important for legislators to understand that our industry is made up of real people and that we all share the same concerns about wood products. This was also a great opportunity to show all the great things we make in Maine.”
Exhibiting at the Hall of Flags were:
- Huber Resources
- Keeping Maine’s Forests
- Maine Energy Systems
- Maine Forest Products Council
- Maine Forest Service
- Maine Wood Concepts
- Maine Wood Products Association
- Plum Creek
- Robbins Lumber
- Sappi NA
- University of Maine’s Technology Research Center
This was the second time MFPC has hosted a celebration of Maine’s forest economy at the State Capitol and it was even more successful than the first. The buzz of conversation didn’t stop from 8 a.m. until legislators began their 1 p.m. committee meetings. The logging simulator, provided by Nortrax and ReEnergy, was impressive for legislators and others. Jim Robbins “cookie” — a 36-inch slice of white pine that was a seedling in the 1840s — drew a constant crowd and gave Robbins a chance to hand out many copies of his 20 Reasons to Oppose the Proposed National Park in Northern Maine.
It helped that food and drinks (from the Cross Cafe) were plentiful from breakfast through lunch. Office Manager Sue McCarthy performed her usual, but always amazing, feat of planning everything beautifully.