Pleasant River Lumber gives Sanford sawmill a new start
After 60 good years and a half dozen bad ones, it looked as if the only sawmill in Sanford might not survive. But the owners of Pleasant River Lumber Co. saw potential, not just problems. Pleasant River Lumber bought the former Lavalley sawmill in December 2012, and what a difference that’s made — the difference between bankruptcy and a bright future.
“When it got taken over, everybody kind of breathed a sigh of relief,” said Danny Shaw, a logger and trucker in North Berwick. “Because the family that took it over has the means and the ability to do what they’re doing.” Read more.
Grinding to an end
Rangers, OBF, wind power and more
The committee work is grinding to an end, bills are being debated in the House and Senate, and budget battles are looming. There’s been plenty of action on our issues, from the forest rangers’ all-or-nothing effort to get guns (as always, it’s come down to funding), Outcome based forestry, wind power, landowners rights and harvesting on public lands. Read more.
Happy Hall of Flags!
‘Are all these products made in Maine?’
An icy rain was falling as I carefully made my way up the slippery hill to the State House a few minutes after 7:30 a.m. I couldn’t help wondering if MFPC would have a decent turnout for our celebration of Maine’s forest products industry at the Hall of Flags. When I got to the security checkpoint, I warned the guard, “A bunch of forest products folks will be coming through here any minute with a lot of stuff.” The guard just grinned and pointed his thumb back over his shoulder. “They’re already here,” he said. Read more.
Top three account for 33% percent of state’s total $2.6 billion
In 2013, Maine’s forest products exports totaled $891 million, which is 33 percent of the state’s total $2.6 billion exports. The forest industry’s three major categories claimed three spots – first, second and fourth — in the year’s list of Maine’s top exports.The category “Wood and articles of wood” provided one of the brightest notes in the 2013 exports by continuing to rise, from $206 million in 2011, to $277 million, an increase of 34.5 percent. Read more.
Budworm expands in Quebec, found across N.B.
How would climate change impact budworm in Maine?
A record crowd gathered in Orono to find out what to expect from the coming spruce budworm outbreak. More than 300 registered for the New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering (NERCOFE) workshop at the University of Maine, some who had endured the last outbreak in 1970s as well as many who had not. Some presentations were familiar to MFPC members who attended the 2013 annual meeting last fall, but there also was some new information and a Q&A that took some interesting turns. Read more.
MITC honors Cianbro and J.D. Irving
Innovator of the Year and Foreign Direct Investor of Year
The Maine International Trade announced this week that two MFPC members have won 2014 International Trade and Investment Awards. Cianbro was named Innovator of the Year and J.D. Irving, Ltd. won the award for Foreign Direct Investor of the Year. The awards will be officially presented during Maine International Trade Day on May 15, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, according to the MITC press release. Read more.
PLC names new executive director
Dana Doran, former director of KVCC’s Energy and Paper Programs
Dana Doran of Belgrade will be the new executive director for Professional Logging Contractors of Maine (PLC). Doran succeeds Mike Beardsley, who stepped down in December. He has more than 15 years of leadership experience in government organizations, private industry, economic development and education. Most recently, Doran was director of Energy and Paper Programs at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield. He also served as Director of Resource Development for the college from 2007-2010. Read more.
Teaching Maine’s teachers
2014 Tours offer an up-close opportunity to understand forestry
The Maine TREE Foundation has announced the dates for this year’s Teachers’ Tours of Maine’s Forests and Mills. The first tour will be based at the Birches Resort (www.birches.com) on the shores of Moosehead Lake near Mt. Kineo from July 15-18. The second will be held July 29-August 1 at Mt. Chase Lodge (www.mtchaselodge.com) on Upper Shin Pond near Baxter State Park. For the 17th year, the tours will once again bring educators into close contact with the modern harvests and wood products manufacturing that contribute more than $8 billion and nearly 39,000 jobs to Maine’s economy while providing all the benefits of clean air and water, wildlife habitat, biodiversity and recreation.The tours fill up quickly so contact Maine TREE soon for more information and a registration brochure. Read more.
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, SIC 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