June 29, 2013

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It’s not over until the last veto day ends

By Executive Director Patrick Strauch

at the legislatureWe went into this legislative session knowing we would have to defend the policy advances we obtained in the 125th legislature.  Overall I think we did OK with some losses in labor regulations (workers compensation). Wednesday was the first veto day at this legislative session, which means a chance to clean up pending bills, especially those that the governor has rejected. The override of the budget was the big news, but intertwined are a developments that are worth reporting and a few loose ends that we are watching, including energy, mining and the ACF Department.  Read more

 Hearing July 9 on Route 1 construction in Fort Kent

The Maine Department of Transportation is seeking to provide updated project information and receive public input prior to advertisement of the Route 1 bridge approach construction project.

  This work is required to allow final traffic and pedestrian connection to the international bridge presently under construction and scheduled to be opened in summer, 2014. The highway improvements will include approximately 460 feet of reconstruction and drainage improvements along Route 1, at the intersection of Route 1 and the vicinity of the Land Port of Entry Facility, and other miscellaneous Facility work.

 Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be available on Tuesday evening, July 9, at 6 p.m. at Fort Kent Town Hall, 416 West Main Street, in Fort Kent to present updates, listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the project. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request.

 Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Joel Kittredge, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 16 State House Station, Child Street, Augusta, Maine04333-0016 Telephone (207) 624-3550.

What do recreational users of private land really think?

snowmobileThe Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Maine Professional Guides Association, the Maine Snowmobile Association, and the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine are conducting a survey to determine attitudes, opinions and experiences of outdoor recreational users of private land.

The survey will be sent to 1,000 recreational users randomly selected from IFW’s license and registration databases. The data gathered will be compared to survey results from a similar survey sent to landowners. In the landowner survey, it was discovered that many landowners are considering posting their land against public access, experience unwanted recreation use, and are facing problems such as illegal dumping and road damage. The past research also showed that landowners strongly wanted to feel respected. In the upcoming survey, comparable questions will be asked of recreation users.

The survey is the next step in research performed by Dr. Jessica Leahy of the University of Maine in Orono. Leahy is an associate professor in the School of Forest Resources. Findings from the survey will help in addressing landowner/land user issues throughout the state.  More than 90 percent of Maine is privately owned, and the bulk of Maine’s outdoor recreational economy is dependent upon access to that land.

MDF asks for help with employer/employee survey

MFPC members have been asked to help with the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Employers’ Initiative on their Adult Learner Research Project. The goal of the project is to learn more about barriers to continuing education and the real and perceived return on investment of education among adult learners and potential adult learners and their employers.  The surveys will help us develop strategies that will help adults more easily access education and attain degrees and meet the needs of Maine employers.

Please note that there are two separate surveys, one for employers to complete and one for employees to complete.  Employers, please access the employer survey here:


And please share the following link to the employee survey with your employees:


Both surveys will take roughly 10 minutes to complete, depending on individual situations. Note that only Foundation researchers will have access to responses and only aggregate findings will be included in the final report.

Thank you in advance for your participation.  A few minutes of your time will be tremendously helpful in developing strategies to most effectively assist Mainers in meeting their educational goals and addressing the needs of Maine employers.

The survey is funded by an Outdoor Heritage Fund grant secured by the Maine Professional Guides Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association.

Monday (July 1) is the deadline for award nominations!

 Each year, the Maine Forest Products Council asks members to nominate outstanding individuals from the forest products community. Please take a moment to consider those who have done an exemplary job deserve recognition for their positive impact on our industry. (See earlier winners). The recipients of the awards will be honored at the Maine Forest Products Council annual meeting on Sept. 9 at the Sugarloaf Conference Center. Click on the links below for criteria and a nomination form for:

Outstanding Logger

Outstanding Trucker

Outstanding Manufacturer

Outstanding Forester

Don’t forget to register for the annual meeting.


No newsletter next Friday — Patrick and Roberta are taking the week off.