MFPC Newsletter November 2018

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Janet Mills talks with MFPC members after speaking at our annual meeting Sept. 17.
 Many positions to fill
Would you be interested in serving in the new administration? As everyone who reads a newspaper or watches TV knows, a huge blue wave swept through Maine Nov. 6, giving Democrats control of the Blaine House, Maine House and Senate by wide margins. Debate, discussion and downright arguments will continue to swirl around the election, but the big question is how will all this affect the Maine’s forest products industry?
On her website, Mills offers options to “Submit your resume, request a meeting with our team, or share your ideas with us.”  

“This will be a period where the success of our organization will be reflected in the membership involvement in building a relationship with this new Legislature and new administration,” said Executive Director Patrick Strauch. “We’ll need everybody’s help in doing that.”

When any new governor takes office, Strauch said. “There is a period of adaptation beginning with the transition team, which will be working to fill positions for commissioners, deputy commissioners and agency directors, including the director of the Maine Forest Service. We need to put forward recommendations for those positions, so members should let me know — and all contacts will be kept strictly confidential — if they are interested in a position or would like to recommend someone, so we can put forward names for these positions.” 

Positions are being filled quickly so contact Strauch right away at or call 207-622-9288 (office), or 207-841-6869 (cell).  Read more.

Speaking of jobs, ACF already has some
It’s hard to imagine anyone replacing Ken Laustsen, who retired last spring as biometrician at the Maine Forest Service, but that position has been posted on the ACF Department’s jobs website, along with jobs for a Forester II, Forest Technician and Regional Enforcement Coordinator. Maine State Forester Doug Denico says the process of filling the position of state entomologist, filled by Dave Struble until he retired, will be starting soon. And don’t forget the Maine State Government Summer Internship Program.
Wagner is looking for a Forest Analyst / Data Manager

Wagner Forest Management has an immediate full-time opening in our central office in Lyme, NH for an experienced forester with strong organizational and analytical skills. The Forest Analyst / Data Manager will join our technical support group and participate in a range of functions, including GIS mapping, forest inventory, management planning, sustainable forest certification, operational forester support, land records, and land acquisitions and dispositions. WFM Forest Analyst position announcement.

Funding still short for trucking program 
As reported in the October newsletter, Tri-County Technical Center (TCTC) in Dexter is moving ahead with its industry-supported plan to add log truck and loader training to its Commercial Driver’s License program (CDL training proposal). However, donations are still needed. TCTC has posted a job for a Logging Training-Behind-the-Wheel Instructor.  Please send donations directly to Maine School Administrative District 46, where the Tri-County Technical Center (TCTC) is located. Checks should be made out to MSAD #46 C/O TCTC and mailed to Maine School Administrative District 46, 175 Fern Road, Suite 1, Dexter, ME 04930. The Tax Id # is 01-0275044.
About 60 participants attended a Keeping Maine’s Forests (KMF) recreation forum Nov. 9 at MFPC, which was designed to encourage a conversation between landowners and those who depend on access to private land so that everyone is aware of existing and emerging issues, and also to foster stronger relationships. See Executive Director Patrick Strauch’s presentation.
Click for larger image. Source: Maine Fish and Wildlife Magazine, fall 1989

Let’s reinvigorate Project LandShare!

One of Maine’s unique and neighborly traditions is that landowners have for centuries allowed people onto their land to hunt, fish, hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors. When Project LandShare was started in 1989 by MFPC and the Maine TREE Foundation, it was an effort by the owners of forestland in Maine to make sure that tradition continued. Those were challenging times for Maine’s forest landowners — both large and small. The most recent spruce budworm epidemic had just run its course, leading to the death of millions of spruce and fir trees through the state, and the Maine Forest Practices Act was about to take effect, an effort to ensure forest management was based in science and protected the public interest.

Signs went up that read: “Project LandShare. Landowners providing public access. Your care will help keep these working woodlands open for everyone.” The signs had two messages. The first that was that owners of forest land are trying to maintain recreational opportunities for Maine people in spite of increasing use and pressures on the land. The other message was, “Please do your part to keep the land open – treat it with care and respect.” Those messages still resonate today. That’s why the Maine Forest Products Council wants to reinvigorate and expand Project LandShare. Please send us your ideas.

Coming up

Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Project Learning Tree (PLT) uses the forest as a “window on the world” to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment. This workshop provides an introduction to PLT kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum for natural resource professionals, land trust educators and administrators, tree farmers and loggers. Registration deadline is Dec. 6. Questions? Contact Pat Maloney, 626-7990. To register email or call 207-621-9872. More information.