MFPC Newsletter September 2017

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MFPC Annual Meeting Sept. 17-18: Be there or fall behind! 

Maine’s forest products industry is changing so fast to meet the challenges of the global markets that it’s hard for anyone to keep up. That’s why the Maine Forest Products Council is making it easy. This year’s MFPC Annual meeting at the Samoset Resort in Rockland will focus on the two most compelling major issues: What to do about biomass/residuals and how Maine’s forest industries can plan for the next five years and the next 50? And there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Craig Rawlings

The morning program starts with an overview of The Challenges Facing Biomass Even in Timber Rich States  by national expert Craig Rawlings, president and CEO of the Forest Business Network. A leader in strategies for  under-utilized timber and woody biomass, Rawlings has consulted with more than 100 local and regional businesses  and helped numerous companies acquire a total of over $10 million in forest and biomass-related grants to grow their businesses. He’s also  editor of the Forest Business Network’s weekly email newsletter, read by 10,000 of  our industry’s top minds and managers. 

CHP potential: Next, we’ll look closely at what’s happening in Maine and New England on combined heat and power (CHP) with reports from those who are in the thick of this technology: Alden Robbins, vice president, Robbins Lumber; Robert Linkletter, owner, Maine Wood Pellets Co.; Chuck Qualey, Sr. Engineer of Utilities & Recovery,SAPPI, Beka Kosanvic, UMass-Amherst, U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Northeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, and moderator Eric Kingsley, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions.

CLT update: Russell Edgar, senior Lab Operations and Wood Composites Manager, University of Maine, will close the morning session with a status report on of cross-laminated timber in Maine.

Find out what they’re doing right: After lunch, we’ll hear  about a nation — Finland — and company — Stora Enso — at the forefront of a transformation of the forest economy. Petri Sirviö is director of Incubation/New Business Development for Stora Enso, a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper, with 25, 000 employees in more than 35 countries, and $11.5 billion in 2016 sales. 

Where is Maine’s forest economy headed? Executive Director Patrick Strauch and other leaders of this important effort will fill you in on the status of the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative (aka our road map).

So please join your friends and colleagues at the beautiful Samoset Resort Sept. 17-18 for golf, great food, and practical information about what’s happening in forest products that you won’t get anywhere else. Plus you can celebrate MFPC’s  Award Winners 2017: Eric Dumond, Dan Qualey, Barry Burgason, Winn Smith and Steve Schley.

Download the Registration form and send it to Sue McCarthy or contact Sue at 207-622-9288 for more information

Mike O’Connor, longest drive

2017 MFPC Golf Tournament was a big success! On behalf of the Maine Forest Products Council, we would like to thank all who participated in the 2017 Annual Summer Golf Tournament on July 13.  The tournament drew 120 golfers, more than 58 sponsors and many raffle donations.  For 10 years, Brian Flewelling from Key Bank and Sue McCarthy, MFPC office manager, have done a tremendous job in soliciting these sponsors, making the raffles a big success, and helping all the participants have a great time. The Council appreciates their hard work and the continued support of all the sponsors. Winners this year were 1st Net – Chris Fitzpatrick, John Raymond, Bill Rayfield, Bill Crawford, 1st Gross – Ed Bearor, Tim Pease, Jerry Jarrell and Matt Jarrell.  Longest Drive, men – Mike O’Connor and ladies – Danielle Ahern.  Closest to the pin were Larry Girvan and Danielle Ahern. See photos and sponsor list.

Register by Sept. 15 for 10th Annual Private Lands Partners Day conference: On Oct, 3-5,  Keeping Maine’s Forests (KMF)  is hosting Private Lands Partners Day (PLPD) at the Cross Center in Bangor, which will bring together private landowner leaders and public partners from across the country to share personal experiences with cooperative efforts to conserve rural working landscapes. The event, in its 10th year, has become the premier annual event spotlighting collaborative conservation and public-private conservation partnership. Register soon, because space is limited. Download draft agenda.

A piece of our past: Fred Huntress, a valued consultant on MFPC’s new report on Secondary Wood Manufacturing in Maine, also passed along an interesting piece of history from his amazing and enormous library on our industry. The article, The use of bolter saws in conversion of short hardwood logs, was written by Richard Pierce, manager of engineering for Forster Manufacturing in Farmington, ran in Northeastern Logger in November 1952. Read more

In case you missed it: As Joe Rankin noted in his feature story for Forests for Maine’s Future, SFI Maine “has helped out on a lot of community projects over the past decade or so. They’ve provided materials to build Habitat for Humanity homes, provided materials for buildings at Pine Tree Camp for people with disabilities, built fish-friendly ice shacks to raise money to improve fish passage on small streams crossed by logging roads and built tables that help teach how to properly size culverts in the woods. But this year’s project was extra special.” That’s because SFI Maine partnered with Make-A-Wish this summer to makes the wishes of two boys, one 4 and one 13, come true. Read more.