Tree Growth, State of the State and ‘roadmap’ progress
There’s a lot to talk about today, including the release Thursday of the new report on the Tree Growth Tax Program, the governor’s State of the State address Tuesday, and an update on the progress of our industry’s roadmap. But the big news is Verso’s announcement to start up its idled machine — employing 120 workers — and produce container board and employee 120 workers. This is great news and opens up markets for softwood and sawmill residuals. It’s also exciting to learn they are diversifying their production into container board products. Also exciting is the announcement by two cross laminated timber (CLT) firms this week of their intentions to build facilities in Maine. We’re making great progress in building a stronger forest economy. Read more.
Expect legislative pace to speed up after holiday break
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Canada lynx may be taken off endangered species list – “Through the stewardship of our partners such as the Maine Forest Products Council and many other private landowners, the population [of Canada lynx] in Maine is growing and expanding,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in a prepared statement. “Not only are lynx found in more places, but signs of lynx are found more frequently during our surveys. And the research conducted by our biologists in conjunction with the USFWS showed modern forest management practices are compatible with lynx conservation.” Read BDN story.
- History of Maine’s Forests, Richard Judd, University of Maine
- A Mill Story Jim Robbins, Jr., Robbins Lumber
- Alternative Markets and Adaptations, Donna Cassese, SAPPI
- FIA Program – How it works, data trends, market info, and Use and Implementation of FIA Data,
Ken Laustsen, Maine Forest Service
The 2018 Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting is set for Friday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Maple Hill Inn & Conference Center in Hallowell. It’s approved for four pesticide applicator recertification credits. More information.
ExporTech Maine 2018, sponsored by the Maine International Trade Center. ExporTech™ is a national export assistance program that applies a structured export strategy development process to help companies enter or expand in global markets. Since 2007, 196 ExporTech™ programs have been delivered in 34 states and Puerto Rico with over 1,000 participating companies. Over a 10-week period, participants attend three one-day workshops (April 5, May 10, and June 14); obtain individualized coaching to develop an actionable export growth plan, and present your company’s export growth plan to experienced international business people for feedback. More information.
The campaigns already have begun for the 2018 elections. This is a great time to consider how you and your business can make a difference. A good way to get started is by talking with Patrick Strauch. Call 207-622-9288.