MFPC April-May Newsletter 2019
Can you help solve a 59-year-old mystery? Why has Maine, with one the nation’s oldest forest product industries, only celebrated Forest Products Week twice in the past six decades? And why did the state celebrate in 1984 and 1985?
The Girl Scouts of Maine Earth Day celebration, Green ME Up at LL Beans, has been a welcomed and fun day for both the Maine Project Learning Tree (PLT) volunteers and for Pat Sirois, coordinator the Maine SFI Implementation Committee. Thanks to Sarah Medina, a Girl Scout, forester and member of the Maine TREE Foundation Board of Directors and the Maine PLT Steering Committee, the Girl Scouts extended an invitation to us again this year. The event attracts over 1200 Girl Scouts and a wide variety of booths and demonstrations from Maine businesses and small non-profits involved with recreation and alternative forms of energy. Read more.
Another great PLT event: Students tour UMaine
We often hear that students in northern Maine may no longer see job opportunities in the forests, with wood and with wood products. If that’s true, it may be because students don’t heard about the wind turbines, bridges, composites, pulp and paper, health and engineering research. Fortunately the PLT statewide network includes outstanding teachers who seek to bring the best of Maine to their students. So two science teachers, Susan Linscott, Lee Academy, and Rowena Harvey, Katahdin High School and Southern Aroostook Community School, took up the invitation for students to tour the labs. Read more.
Tick Aware and Tick Alert
Warmer weather is on its way, which means that everyone needs to be doing their part to help prevent tickborne diseases. Providers reported over 1,400 cases of Lyme disease in 2018 (preliminary data as of 3/25/19).
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month each year in Maine-the perfect time to remind everyone to be “Tick Aware and Tick Alert” when spending time outdoors since ticks are most active in warmer weather. Lyme disease is treatable and most individuals recover completely with proper treatment, however easiest way to avoid tickborne diseases is prevention.
This May please remember to be “Tick Aware and Tick Alert.” More information and resources.
Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. MFPC’s members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters, lumber processors and the owners of more than 8 million acres of commercial forestland, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. The Council represents members at the Maine Legislature and across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the U.S
Patrick Strauch, Executive Director;
Pat Sirois, SFI Coordinator
Sue McCarthy, Office Manager