September 2015 — 55th Annual Meeting edition
What’s not to love?
Our 55th Annual meeting had something for everyone
If you love invigorating golf, good food, a global view of the pulp/paper industry, New England energy perspective, fascinating tour of Irving’s Dixfield mill, outstanding award winners and opportunities to catch up with friends and colleagues — and who doesn’t? — MFPC’s 55th Annual Meeting was the only place to be Sept. 13-14. About a 100 people signed up for all or part of the meeting, which was held at Sunday River Resort in Newry. We even premiered the long-awaited “This Is My Office — Maine” video (share the link — https://youtu.be/-MB7ykGxlFk — with your friends and colleagues).
“This annual meeting was a really great get-together of industry folks, and recognizing the best of the industry was particularly satisfying to me,” said Mark Doty of Plum Creek. Read more.
MFPC honors the best of 2015
- Albert D. Nutting Award — Jim Robbins Sr., president and owner of Robbins Lumber in Searsmont, a family-owned business for five generations. The award recognizes “his leadership of the Robbins Family legacy of sawmill operators, his dedication and advocacy for the forest industry, his passion for educating the public about Maine’s forest resources, and his accomplishments as a forester and conservationist.” FYI, Robbins also presided over an exceptionally fun auction.
- Maine’s Outstanding Logger— Dean Pepper of Fayette, D. R. Pepper Wood Harvesting, for “exemplary on the ground performance and a strong commitment to meeting the management objectives of the landowner through innovation and sound business management.”
- Maine’s Outstanding Forester — Tom Whitworth of Wallagrass, former regional enforcement coordinator for the Maine Forest Service (MFS), for “a career of tireless, pro-active education and counseling on forest management practices while maintaining the respect of landowners within a regulatory framework.”
- Maine’s Outstanding Manufacturer — Lumbra Hardwoods Inc., Milo, in recognition of their perseverance, ingenuity, and excellence in the sawmill business, and support of the Milo community and the forest products industry since 1952.”
- Abby Holman Public Service Award — Keith Kanoti of Old Town, formerly of the Maine Forest Service, “in recognition of his role as MFS water resource forester in supporting Maine’s private forest landowners.” Read more.
News you can use
What’s happening in politics, pulp energy and budworm
Executive Director Patrick Strauch laughed off an interruption of his Legislative overview – the hotel sound system began blasting the Counting Crows’ version of Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” — joking that the lyrics “paved paradise and put up a parking lot,” saying his dancing wasn’t up to the challenge of keeping up with the beat. Other presentations:
- Brian McClay, principal of Brian McClay & Associates Inc., in Montreal, gave an excellent presentation on Global Trends in Market Pulp. We’ll be considering what he had to say over the coming weeks and months, but you can learn a lot just by studying his charts and graphs.
- Michael S. Giaimo, Senior External Affairs Representative, ISO New England Inc., also gave members a New England regional update on energy issues.
- Dave Struble, Maine state entomologist, also answered the question he posed in his presentation: Spruce budworm where are we?
Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community. Our members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. We feel we represent anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource. We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground. We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, but also across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation.
Patrick Strauch, Executive Director;
Pat Sirois, SFI Coordinator
Roberta Scruggs, Communications Director
Sue McCarthy, Office Manager
Address: 535 Civic Center Dr., Augusta ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9288 Website: www.maineforest.org