MFPC reviews the governor’s budget
LePage keeps forestry issues in the forefront
Gov. LePage continues to keep forestry issues in the forefront of his vision for Maine. In his inaugural address he mentioned the threat of the spruce budworm and the need to manage our forest resources. Reflected in his budget is a keen interest in the mission of the Maine Forest Service and the need to attract investment in our industry and state. But the devil is in the details. Read more.
MFPC Legislative Reception February 11
Please join us for lively conversation and a great buffet
MFPC’s annual legislative reception is always lively, loud and a great opportunity for legislators, state officials and our members to meet or get to know each other better. So please plan to join us on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 4-7 p.m. at the MFPC office, 535 Civic Center Drive, Augusta.
One legislator described the annual reception as “a place where we can be comfortable having conversations that never could take place otherwise … Information flows in both directions.”
It’s also an great opportunity to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, including meatballs, scallops, shrimp, chicken, pizza, vegetables, cheeses and more, plus beer, wine, coffee, soda and water.
“It’s always great to see such a variety of legislators at our reception and we appreciate all those who take the time to visit,” said Executive Director Patrick Strauch. “And nobody ever goes away hungry.”
Please RSVP to Sue McCarthy or call 207-622-9288.
Who are your legislators? It’s a great time to find out.
Save these dates
MFPC Golf Tournament – July 16, 2015 MFPC will host their annual fundraiser at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course in Bangor. We hope you place this in your calendar to join us for a great round of golf and also help with sponsorships.
MFPC Annual Meeting – September 13-14 at Sunday River in Newry.
MDF legislators tour
Strauch provides overview of our industry
Harold Clossey, president & CEO of the Maine Development Foundation invited Executive Director Patrick Strauch to present an overview of our industry on its Policy Leaders Academy tour Jan. 14 at the University of Maine. It was a great opportunity to address new legislators and provide some background information on our industry. Strauch was the last speaker of the evening after a long day’s tour, but the information was appreciated along with copies of our Maine’s Forest Economy report.
“House Speaker Mark Eves, House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe and I chatted after the event,” Strauch said. “They were particularly interested in the industry needs for training as we replace an aging work force.”
Expanded traps show budworm increase
With help from many MFPC members last summer, the Maine Forest Service dramatically increased the number of trapping sites for spruce budworm moths from about 80-100 to about 400, with three traps placed at each site.
Dave Struble, Maine state entomologist called the expansion, “wildly successful. You know the process was successful, the handoff worked fabulously considering this was the rollout year.”
It also helped confirm that Maine’s budworm population is increasing. “It certainly is not collapsing,” Struble said. “It’s consistent with what the neighbors are seeing. With all this additional effort we filled in the gaps.” Read more.
Wildlife Committee responds on lynx and bats
After a meeting on Jan. 23, members of the Council’s wildlife committee responded to two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) open comment periods under the Endangered Species Act. MFPC just sent comments, reports and photos regarding the Canada lynx status review. The Northern Long-eared Bat is currently under review for possible listing as endangered or threatened and, just recently, USFWS has published a possible “4 (d) exemption from take” that would include most forestry activities. Read more.
Aroostook County planning process getting focused
The Land Use Planning Commission(LUPC) received an update on three Community Guided Planning and Zoning projects at its January 14th meeting in Brewer. The first, Aroostook County led by the Northern Maine Development Commission, is being reinvigorated. LUPC staff recently became more involved in drafting materials for steering committee meetings, helping the group coalesce around topics that emerged in earlier meetings and developing a timeline (September.) The focus is on small business development and natural resource processing. Read more.
Proposal would grant MFS permit authority
Amendment to ‘Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting Activities in Shoreland Areas’
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is delegating permit granting authority to the Bureau of Forestry (Maine Forest Service) for timber harvesting and related activities regulated under the Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA). This rule-making will amend Maine Forest Service Ch. 21 “Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shore land Areas” to incorporate the permitting process and reconcile differences between NRPA water crossing standards and standards in Ch. 21. It also clarifies which activities are considered timber harvesting and which are not when vegetation is removed in proximity of existing development. Maine Forest Service Rulemaking Proposal.
NERCOFE spring conference
Focus will be on silviculture and technological advances in forest operations
This spring’s two-day conference the New England Regional Council on Forest Engineering (NERCOFE) will focus on “Technological Advances in Forest Operations on Day 1 and on Day 2, the topic will be silviculture. On the agenda, are Denis Cormier, FP Innovations; Craig Spiers, Softree, a; Robert Wagner, Cooperative Forestry Research Unit; Colleen Teerling and Dan Jacobs, Maine Forest Service, and,Mindy Crandall, Bob Seymour and Patrick Hiesl from the School of Forest Resources. Registration form.
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