MFPC newsletter July 2020
2020 MFPC annual meeting cancelled
For the safety of MFPC’s members and staff, the Council decided not to hold an in-person annual meeting this year. The MFPC Board of Directors will hold a virtual meeting at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21. Executive Director Patrick Strauch will deliver a report, and the financial report will be presented to the board, which will vote on the budget and on members of the board and executive committee for the coming year. All members are welcome to attend the virtual meeting. Office Manager Sue McCarthy will send out more information later.
USFWS reviewing status of northern long-eared bat
Catch up on state and federal forestry issues
With federal funds and new partners, Maine MEP helps manufacturers
The Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) received a $286,000 grant to develop support programs for manufacturers that are severely impacted by the pandemic, according to a news release.
Maine MEP, an economic development organization for the state’s manufacturers, will partner with the Manufacturers Association of Maine and the Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine to provide services to develop business recovery plans for manufacturers. MAME leveraged the federal funding to secure a recent award of $100,000 from the Maine Technology Institute. Read more.
FOR/Maine hires Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications
“Sutherland Weston understands the very broad, diverse goals of FOR/Maine and its partners and has the capacity to integrate all the elements into packages that will inform the public and excite potential investors,” said Steve Schley, chair of FOR/Maine’s Executive Committee. Read more.
The Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Angus King and co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins. The House bill was co-sponsored by Maine Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden.
After an online public hearing and the end of the comment period July 20, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council will discuss the rule-making proposal at its Aug. 12 online meeting.
Including the petitioner, John Glowa, president of the Maine Wolf Coalition, 17 people testified at the virtual public hearing July 8, according to Becky Orff, IFW Commissioner’s Office. In addition, Orff said, “I have received just over 250 public comments on the rule proposal.
“The Council will be discussing the rule proposal and public comment that was received, which is Step 2 of the process,” Orff said. “After the Aug. 12 meeting, IFW Commissioner Judy Camuso will make the determination whether or not the rule change moves forward for a vote before the Council at Step 3 at its September meeting.”
The proposal would amend Chapter 16 rules to establish a bear-feeding season, create a bear-feeding permit and set limits on the number of bear feeding permits issued annually. See Beer feeding rule-making proposal and fact sheet.
MFPC opposes the proposed bear-feeding rule because it would reduce bear-feeding permits annually until they are extinguished in 2029 and removes IFW experts from bear management.
Congratulations to golf tournament winners and those who just had fun!
By Sue McCarthy, MFPC Office Manager
The Council, along with Brian Flewelling from Key Bank, have run this tournament at the Bangor Muni in Bangor since 2005. This is a big fundraiser for the MFPC, to help keep our dues down each year, and is also a great way to get our members together for a fun day.
We wanted to make sure we did not break any of COVID 19 restrictions since we didn’t want anyone to get infected. After talking with Rob Jarvis, the pro at Bangor Muni, we felt better about what needed to be done to keep everyone safe, so we decided to go ahead with the tournament and we are very glad we did. We had a perfect day with great weather and had 58 golfers who played in the tournament. Find out who won and who took home the toilet paper for last place.
Maine TREE installs interpretive signs at its Holt Research Forest
In a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Maine TREE recently installed a series of interpretive signs at its 350-acre Holt Research Forest on the coastal island of Arrowsic. The signage program is the continuation of an effort to integrate Maine TREE’s educational programming at the forest, which it acquired in 2014 through a merger with the Holt Woodland Research Foundation.
Maine TREE, the sponsor of the acclaimed Project Learning Tree program within the state, sees a growing opportunity for the Holt Research Forest as a base of outdoor learning for southern Maine students and families and for owners of forested land to convene to share best practices and learn from the on-going research activities sponsored there. That effort was aided four years ago when the SFI-SIC and numerous companies within Maine’s forest community supported nearly 20 volunteers in building an outdoor classroom at the Holt Research Forest. Read more.
PCSWCD hires Stream Restoration Project manager
The Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project is a five-year, $6 million effort that provides significant financial and technical assistance to private landowners to upgrade road-stream crossings. The project improves road safety and stability while increasing opportunities for fish and other aquatic life to thrive. Made possible through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) of the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the project is available from 2018-2022.
This summer, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) is joining the RCPP partnership. Through a sub-award from TNC, the District has hired a full-time Stream Restoration Project Manager, Emily Dickison, and is supporting the district’s executive director to increase capacity for stream and river connectivity in watersheds within Piscataquis County and beyond. Dickison brings field experience surveying forested lands, threatened and endangered natural communities and species, along with her background in data collection and reporting. Read more.
Covid-19 federal and state resources and guidance
MFPC has created a page on our website to list forest products industry resources and guidance documents that we hope will prove useful to members and others. We will be updating it daily. If you see something online that would be helpful to others, please email it to Roberta Scruggs. Most recent posts: