Hurry up and wait
Legislative committees scrambling to meet deadlines
The Legislature is working at a frantic pace these days, even choosing to work over the April school vacation week, in an effort to make their deadlines to complete their work by statutory adjournment on June 17th. Bills that were slow to get printed at the start of the session are now making their ways to committee for public hearings and work sessions. Committees have a deadline of May 22nd to complete their work and MFPC staff has been fully engaged with multiple committees working to implement or defeat various legislative proposals that have been introduced. Read more.
Hall of Flags
A great celebration of Maine’s forest economy at the Legislature
Just as MFPC hoped, the Hall of Flags was filled with forest products and people talking about forest products on 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.” Read more.
Fortunately, New Brunswick has budworm research funds
If you’re the kind of person who always wants to know “Why?” or just can’t resist a good mystery, you should be cheering on entomologist Rob Johns of the Canadian Forest Service and his colleagues. Especially after Johns told us that researching spruce budworm while coping with a growing infestation is like “trying to build a plane and fly it at the same time.” UMaine’s Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU) invited Johns to Maine to deliver a fascinating update on the Canada’s ongoing research and early intervention efforts, thanks to an $18 million federal initiative. Read more.
MFS working with CFRU and Canadian Forest Service
The Maine Forest Service (MFS) is coordinating spruce budworm monitoring again in 2015. Monitoring information is basically the same is 2014.
MFS is working with the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU) School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, and the Canadian Forest Service on research that will improve our understanding of budworm population dynamics so outbreaks can be better managed. To that end Erin Simons-Legaard and Kasey Legaard may be contacting you about moving some sites slightly or we may ask for a few additional sites. Read more.
Northern long-eared bat listing
What does it and 4(d) exemption mean for forestry?
On April 2, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that it has determined the Northern Long-eared Bat (NLEB) should be listed as a threatened species wherever it is found in the United States, effective May 4, 2015. The Service acknowledges that the sole reason for the catastrophic decline of NLEB and other bats which hibernate in caves and abandoned mines is an introduced fungus known as White-nose Syndrome (WNS). In Maine, there are only three known hibernacula, two of which held more than 100 bats each prior to the discovery of WNS. In 2013, only a single NLEB was found in all three locations. Simultaneously with the listing, the Service issued an interim 4(d) exemption for a few land use activities that could result in the death of individual bats or destruction of their habitat. The listing is open for further comments until July 1. Read more.
Ashland forum on park proposal
Meyers: ‘Once you get beyond the massive PR campaign there’s nothing there’
The proposed national park in northern Maine was the topic of a forestry forum April 22 at the Ashland District School Auditorium.More than 60 people attended, including forestry professionals, mill owners, two bank representatives, one media rep from the Star Herald (weekly paper), representatives of Sen. Angus King and Sen. Susan Collins, town managers from Ashland and Portage, and interested community members. Lucas St. Clair, representing the Quimby Family Foundation, began the forum and talked about the attributes of a National Park. He was followed by Bob Meyers, Maine Snowmobile Association; Jim Robbins, Robbins Lumber, and Doug Denico, Maine state forester. “What really strikes me is that once you get beyond the massive PR campaign is that there’s nothing there,” Meyers said. “This scheme is just that. No plan other than ceding control of a lot of land to the federal government. How can this end well when there are so many things that can go badly?” Read more.
Our annual golf tournament is underway!
Our tournament will be held at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course in Bangor on July 16. Brian Flewelling from Key Bank and Sue McCarthy from MFPC will be calling and emailing members to help out with sponsorships and donations towards the raffle. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we hope you will help reach our goal. If you have not been contacted before and would like to help us out please contact either Brian or Sue. Again this year we will accept only 32 foursomes so get your teams in early as we fill up fast. We’re looking forward to another great tournament.
Save this date
MFPC Annual Meeting – September 13-14 at Sunday River in Newry.
Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community. Our members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. We feel we represent anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource. We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, but also across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation.
Patrick Strauch, Executive Director;
Pat Sirois, SFI Coordinator
Roberta Scruggs, Communications Director
Sue McCarthy, Office Manager
Address: 535 Civic Center Dr., Augusta ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9288 Website: www.maineforest.org