May 2014

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thanks-to-our-sponsors_Page_3Budworm trapping to rise five-fold  

MFS needs help from landowners to place traps

With help from landowners, the Maine Forest Service plans to dramatically increase the number of budworm trapping sites from about 100 last year to around 500, so it can better monitor the budworm population. With 8 million acres infested in Quebec, Maine and New Brunswick already have seen a sharp increase in the number of budworm moths caught in both pheromone and light traps. Read more.


‘Battle of the Budworm’    

Those who lived through it can’t forget

Most Mainers barely recall the last spruce budworm infestation, when the northern forests turned red as they came under attack. Nor do they realize how budworm has shaped Maine’s history, economy, laws and culture. But those who lived through the 1970s outbreak are watching with dismay as another outbreak heads our way. They vividly remember the devastation, including moth flights “so severe that they literally had to be scraped off the road with snow plows.” Read more.


Success in the short session

MFPC prevails across the political spectrum

As MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch reflects  on the “short session” of the 126th Legislature, he “can report on a successful effort. With the exception of moving the mining rules forward, every issue we took a position on, we were successful. Through a combination of perseverance, coalition building and a focus on presenting the facts we prevailed on our issues across a spectrum of political ideals. However, Michele MacLean and I are both relieved to have survived another session.” Read more.


Sen. Eloise Vitelli
Sen. Eloise Vitelli

Facing a big challenge

In her freshman year, Vitelli led ACF with confidence

Eloise Vitelli was literally in a class by herself in Maine’s 126th Legislature. Arriving in the second session as the only freshman legislator Sen. Vitelli, D-Sagadahoc, was named co-chair of  the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee (ACF), which were all areas in which she has no formal training. “So there was a fair amount of skepticism, I will say, on the part of the committee members as I came on as chair,” Vitelli said. Read more.


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Eliot Cutler: Maine needs investment plan

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler spent told the MFPC Board how strongly he believes in “substantial equality of opportunity,” because with opportunity comes “at least the possibility of success.” Citing 11 straight years of declining economic activity, Cutler said, “the biggest problem that we have in Maine today is that for too many people in Maine, young and old, there is not opportunity and there can be no success.”  Read more.


Spread good news about Maine’s forest economy

Berry Dunn newsletter webSupport Bucksport’s ‘Festival of the Forest

The Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, working in partnership with MFPC, will hold the first Bucksport Bay Festival of the Forest on July 25-26, focusing on Maine’s forest economy, including tree growth, management, products, equipment and the $8 billion economic impact on our state. MFPC members are encouraged to support this worthwhile event by becoming sponsors or vendors. 


“Our forest industry is vitally connected to the communities and people where we work,” said Patrick Strauch, “That’s why the Council is pleased to partner with Bucksport to help demonstrate this heritage and build into the future.” Read more



The “New North”

MITC conference looks at emerging opportunities

MFPC Executive Director Patrick Strauch attended “Trade Day,” sponsored by the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) in Bangor and was impressed with the turnout of more than 300. Focused on the “New North,” it provided an interesting perspective of emerging opportunities  Arctic shipping lanes could provide, from access to oil and minerals in the northern region to an increase in tourism. It was also great to hear Peter Vigue’s inspirational acceptance speech about Maine’s opportunities as he accepted the Innovator of the Year award for Cianbro. Anthony Hourihan also did a great job outlining J.D. Irving Ltd.’s commitment to Maine and its people as he accepted the Foreign Direct Investor of the Year Award. Several other MFPC members attended, including Allan Ryder, Timber Resources Group; Everette Deschene, Old Town Fuel and Fiber, and Kevin Hynes, Hancock Lumber. MITC’s President Janine Bisaillon-Cary and her staff did a wonderful job organizing the event. Read BDN story.


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Request from Sen. King

ACA suggestions needed from Maine businesses

Sen. Angus King asked MFPC to pass on a request regarding the Affordable Care Act. He is looking for suggestions from Maine’s businesses about “specific issues, situations and a proposed solution for the issue.” Read letter.


Jim Robbins and Scott Morrison
Jim Robbins and Scott Morrison

Save these dates

MFPC’s golf tournament and annual meeting

July 17th will  be here before you know it so sign up soon for the  MFPC golf tournament at the Bangor Muncipal Golf Course, where we always have fun and no one critiques your golf skills. Our 54th annual meeting is in Bar Harbor Sept. 7-8 and, as always, you’ll enjoy good food, good conversation and the latest news about what’s happening in Maine’s forest products industry. Please consider becoming a tournament or annual meeting sponsor, because sponsorship allows broader participation of our members by keeping individual expense down. Email  Sue McCarthy or call her at 207-622-9288.


Tell someone they’re outstanding

Send in an MFPC award nomination for our industry’s best

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. The recipients of the awards will be honored at the Maine Forest Products Council Annual meeting awards banquet on September 8 at the Bar Harbor Regency in Bar Harbor Maine. For more information, contact Sue McCarthy. If you know an Outstanding Logger, Outstanding Trucker, Outstanding Manufacturer or Outstanding Forester, nominate them today.

About MFPC

Staff contacts

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: