Don’t miss this great business opportunity
The fun, fellowship and beautiful ocean views are just a bonus
This is your last week to sign up for an annual meeting (Sept. 7-8) that you can’t afford to miss. First, it’s great for business. You need to know what’s going on — not just in Maine’s forest products industry, but in the global markets. That’s where Paul Jannke of Forest Economic Advisors comes in. He will analyze the big picture, so you know what to expect in the year ahead.
And we’ve all heard a lot about “nanotechnology,” but how –and when — will that affect our industry? Mike Bilodeau, director of UMaine’s Process Development Center (and formerly of Sappi and S.D. Warren) can answer those questions. Plus, who wouldn’t want to tour the newly modernized Pleasant River Lumber mill in Hancock? Finally, we all know spruce budworm is coming, but this annual meeting will be your first chance to find out what we plan to do about it as the draft of Maine’s strategic plan is unveiled.
This is your chance to get critical business information in a setting where you can ask questions and get answers. It’s just a bonus that you can accomplish all that at the beautiful Bar Harbor Regency while also networking with industry leaders from across the state, including a round of golf at Kebo Valley. You can support your friends and colleagues who are winning MFPC awards, and also enjoy Maine’s premiere humorist, Tim Sample. So don’t wait another day. You owe it to your business to attend the MFPC annual meeting. Register now, before it’s too late. For more information, contact Sue McCarthy, 207-622-9288.
High-profile wood chip dumper gears up
By Patrick Strauch, MFPC executive director
While vacationing this month, I spent some time in Eastport and noticed that beyond the view of breaching whales in the harbor, there is a new high-profile wood chip dumper overlooking the cargo port. Fresh pavement had been laid and conveying systems stand at the ready to load ships. E.J. Carrier, an MFPC member, will soon start shipping low grade wood fuel through the faciliity to Europe (see article). This has been an amazing investment and creates opportunities to ship fiber to other parts of the world. This is also the time of year when we are nervous about the annual meeting sign-ups. We have worked hard to prepare a meaningful agenda as well as create a good crowd of members to honor our award winners. The council is our community of professionals and it’s important to reflect on our successes and honor our colleagues. Read more.
Please contribute to help disabled children the Maine outdoors
MFPC members have an opportunity to join SFI members in project that can really make a difference. Pine Tree Camp, a Maine camp for children and adults with disabilities, transforms the lives of more than 600 Mainers each summer (watch video above). But the camp’s aging cabins are hot, stuffy and poorly ventilated and they also lack the accessibility that campers require. In July, Pine Tree Camp officially opened one new cabin, but more are needed. Huber Resources and Seven Islands have already stepped forward to help and we hope others will follow by contributing building supplies and/or funding.
“Maine’s SFI committee is thrilled to be able to play a part in supporting the camp and the individuals who attend,” said Pat Sirois. “SFI members have learned that PTC is a long standing member of the forestry community with their own working woodlot, certified to the American Tree Farm System. Proceeds from periodic harvests support the camp’s mission.” Read more.
Elected officials need to know our $8 billion industry impacts every county
The key to our success in the 127th Legislature will be – as it is every session – investing in relationships with policymakers. As Mainers prepare to elect a governor and Legislature Nov. 4, it’s essential that we help candidates understand and support our industry. We must create positive relationships with candidates on both sides of the aisle in order to be effective in the State House.That’s why MFPC will be hosting a series of breakfasts this fall to bring candidates and members together. Our elected officials need to know that forest products contribute $8 billion to our state’s economy and that our industry impacts every county in Maine. Read more.
Capturing a crowd
‘How old do you think this tree was?’
All Jimmy Robbins needed was a slice of a stump to insure he had a steady line of people to talk to about Maine’s forests products at Bucksport’s first “Festival of the Forest.” Robbins had their attention from the moment he asked, “How old do you think this tree was?”
An estimated 3,000 people attended July 25-26, according to Leslie Wombacher, executive director of the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event.
“Overall, I think it went went well,” she said. “I wish we’d had more educational information about Maine’s forest products industry available because people wanted to know more.” Bill Cohen of Verso Paper also was pleased with the response to first Festival of the Forest.
“We did have about 250 go through the tour and the response has been extremely positive, including nice notes from several individuals thanking us.” Cohen said. “We would consider doing it again.” Read more.
We need to answer that question before it’s too late
By Fred Huntress, forester and MFPC Board member
Heavy feeding of acorns by wild turkeys will reduce the food supply for many other birds and mammals from mice to bears that depend upon them. Fewer acorns also means fewer trees in the future. And turkeys also are causing trouble for people. At a legislative hearing on a turkey hunting bill in 2013 a procession of orchardists, crop farmers, dairy farmers, blueberry growers and foresters testified strongly that wild turkeys are costing them heavily in lost profits. The only proponent was the IFW biologist! Read more.
Annual MFPC tournament is fun for all!
Even Executive Director Patrick Strauch, who cleverly avoided playing last year by breaking his leg, couldn’t resist a perfect day for a golf tournament. Sunny, breezy, a bit warm, perhaps, but never too hot. Win, lose or just watch, the MFPC tournament July 17 at Bangor Municipal Course was fun for all. Still, we did keep score. You might enjoy seeing who came out on top.
“This year’s golf tournament was an event MFPC members really looked forward to,” said Pat Sirois, “with familiar surroundings, friends and colleagues to catch up with.”
Lessons about Maine’s forests will soon be in classrooms
Maine TREE Foundation’s 2014 Teachers’ Tours are over and the reviews are excellent. Here are just of few of the comments from the teachers’ evaluations: “Best workshop ever, very informative, interactive and fun!”
The lessons they learned will soon be in their classrooms, aided by the participants’ use of Project Learning Tree curriculum materials integrated into the tours.
Forty-one educators spent time and asked hundreds of questions of resource professionals on the two tours. Teachers observed — and many photographed — harvests conducted by Plum Creek, LandVest, Huber Resources and Irving Woodlands along with visits to Moosehead and Katahdin Cedar Log Homes, the Arnold Farm Sugarhouse, Moose River Lumber, Irving’s new Ashland mill, a vernal pool, Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area, the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum and First Wind’s Oakland wind farm under construction. The spruce budworm also received coverage as a topic discussed in the PLT workshops.
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