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Last week was a busy time in the Legislature, but Executive Director Patrick Strauch’s thoughts were focused on an anonymous rant by an individual describing how forest rangers keep “greedy” landowners under constant enforcement action to protect the environment.If rangers don’t all get their guns, the rumor goes, they’ll become seasonal firefighters (not a position we have advocated) and there will be serious ramifications for the natural resources of Maine.To keep the discussion on a higher level, he wrote a summary of MFPC’s position on arming rangers. Read more.
Rangers’ relationship with forest community already harmed
The debate about arming forest rangers has reached a new low.Some are saying that rangers are the only force holding back a host of evils, from polluted brook trout streams to a dramatic increase in posted property. Some see Maine’s landowners, state officials and their co- workers at the Maine Forest Service as their enemies.
Rangers insist that guns won’t damage their relationship with others in the forest community,but that’s already happening and it saddens us all. Read more. Read more.
Spruce budworm strategy
Presentations planned for NERCOFE and Keeping Maine’s Forests
The task force chaired by Dr. Robert Wagner, director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests (CRSF) and the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU) at the University of Maine, continues to meet and prepare a plan of action for public review in the coming months. Several scenarios of budworm infestation have been modeled by the UMaine researchers, which will serve as the foundation of the planning document. Among the various issues being worked on, the policy question of how to deal with budworm in a post FPA era will be an important issue for discussion by policymakers. With a 6 million-acre infestation in Quebec, earlier predictions that the insects would be in Maine in three to five years are being revised to two to three years. MFPC serves on the steering committee for this effort along with Dr. Wagner and Maine Forest Service. Several of us will be heading to a Feb.19-20 conference in Quebec to see how they are dealing with the outbreak in their region. Our plan will be presented at the New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering (NERCOFE) meeting in Orono on March 10. A presentation for Keeping Maine’s Forests also is planned.
Hear something positive about Maine’s forest economy
You’re driving along, listening to the radio and all of a sudden you hear a lumberjack yell “TIM-BER!” and the sound of a tree falling. That means you — and many others across the state — are about to hear something positive about Maine’s forest economy, including a tagline saying,”Fun Facts From The Forest is brought to you by the Maine Forest Products Council with funding provided by Plum Creek Timber.”
“We thought this was a great way to reach out to the public with the message that our industry is thriving and to get MFPC and Plum Creek some name recognition,” said Mark Doty, community affairs manager for Plum Creek’s Northeast Region and president of the MFPC Board of Directors. Read more and listen to radio spots.
Moose, budworm, deer habitat and more
The Wildlife Committee met at the MFPC office on January 30 to talk about issues including fish passage, budworm, a CFRU study on deer habitat and IFW’s new moose mortality study. Moose are being netted from a helicopter and up to 70 cow and calf moose will be outfitted with mortality transmitters. Read more.
What are the impacts for Maine’s forestry community?
FRA is hosting a forum Thursday evening (Feb. 6) in Bangor on a new study by the University of Maine Cooperative Forestry Research Unit (CFRU), Effectiveness of State Regulations to Protect Deer Wintering Habitats in Maine, focused on whether or not the designation of LURC-zoned deeryards achieved desired objectives during the period 1975-2007. Guest speakers will include Dr. Erin Simons-Legaard,CFRU, and Barry Burgason, wildlife biologist for Huber Resources, who chairs MFPC’s Wildlife Committee. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Sea Dog Conference Center. More information.
Governor’s Award honors voluntary innovation with environmental and economic benefits’
The Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Paul R. LePage are seeking nominations from Maine’s leaders in sustainability for the state’s environmental excellence awards. It’s an opportunity for businesses, nonprofits and public entities to be recognized for extraordinary work to improve and protect Maine’s natural resources. Read more.
This month Carrie Enos is taking over as president of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. Enos grew up in Maine and attended the University of Maine on one of the foundation’s scholarships. 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.
Address: 535 Civic Center Dr., Augusta ME 04330 Phone: 207-622-9288 Website: www.maineforest.org