MFPC Newsletter September 2016

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‘AWESOME meeting, all around’

Important news, thought-provoking presentations and well-deserved awards

If you couldn’t make it to MFPC’s 56th annual meeting, you missed “the best ever” — at least according to long-time member Jim Robbins Sr. But it’s not too late to catch up on the new economic impact numbers — we’re still an $8.5 billion industry! – important news, thought-provoking presentations and well-deserved awards.

“AWESOME meeting, all around,” said Sarah Medina of Seven Islands.

Despite some tumultuous years, Maine’s forest products industry will contribute an estimated $8.5 billion to the economy statewide in 2016 and support 33,538 jobs, according to a new economic impact report by the University of Maine.  About one of every 24 jobs in Maine are associated with the forest products industry and about $1 of every $20 of Maine’s GDP. More information about Maine’s Forest Economy.

The MFPC annual meeting also showcased one of the most exciting new uses of wood – cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is “an opportunity that needs to be looked at in Maine,” according to Steve Shaler, director at UMaine’s School of Forest Resources. (See presentations above and at YouTube

Even if you did go to the meeting in Bangor and Orono, you might want to take another look because, as Lynn Wing of Wing and Sons Logging  said, “It was innovative and that’s what we need more of, that’s for sure.” Read more.

A  big thanks to our sponsors for making this great meeting possible!

Message from MFPC’s new president

Contino has plenty of experience with industry’s supply chain

Jim Contino, who has served on the MFPC Board for nearly a decade, talks about what he hopes to bring to his new role as president,  saying his work as fiber supply manager for Verso has taught him that it’s the supply chain “that knits us together into an integrated industry. It is really this supply chain that defines the common ground for the Maine Forest Products Council. My current job puts me right in the middle of commerce with loggers, landowners, and mills,” Contino said. “This is why I just might be a good choice to help lead MFPC.”  Read more.

Top row, left to right, MFPC award winners Don Tardie, Dave Struble, Mike Dann, (lower row, L-R) Brian, Scott, and Brent Day.
Top row, left to right, MFPC award winners Don Tardie, Dave Struble, Mike Dann, (lower row, L-R) Brian, Scott, and Brent Day.

The best of 2016

Why they won, what they said 

  • Don Tardie of Ashland, who retired as managing director of the Maine Woods Co. in 2013, received the prestigious Albert D. Nutting Award. Read more.
  • Dave Struble of Pittston, state entomologist at the Maine Forest Service, received the Abby Holman Public Service Award. Read more.
  • Mike Dann of Dixmont, who worked for Seven Islands Land Co. for 36 years, was named Outstanding Forester. Read more.
  • William A. Day Jr. and Sons of Porter was chosen as Outstanding Logger. Read more.

Best meal of the election season

Please join us for  good food and conversation at a legislative breakfast

The key to our success in the 128th Legislature will be – as it is every session – investing in relationships with policymakers. As Mainers prepare to elect new legislators Nov. 8, it’s essential that we help candidates understand and support our industry. We must create positive relationships with candidates on both sides of the aisle in order to be effective in the State House. (list of Candidates for each district).

This is a crucial time for our industry, which is why we’ve joined with MPPA, PLC, and SWOAM to hold these breakfasts. It’s important that those vying for seats in the new Legislature hear your perspective. It’s also an opportunity to pick up your copy of MFPC’s new Maine’s Forest Economy, which shows our industry is still contributing $8.5 billion to Maine’s economy. At the very least, elected officials need to know that our industry impacts every county in Maine.

The people of the forest products industry — you! — are our best spokesmen for it. Win or lose, candidates will know a great deal more about our industry and what it needs to thrive.  Please contact Sue McCarthy, 207-622-9288, to reserve your breakfast or for more information.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Gray, Cole Farms Restaurant, starting at 7, sponsored by Weyerhaeuser and Farm Credit East.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Farmington, Homestead Restaurant, starting at 8, sponsored by Stratton Lumber and Wagner Forest Management.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Old Town, Governor’s Restaurant, starting at 7, sponsored by Katahdin Forest Management and LandVest.
  • Friday, Oct. 14 – Fort Kent – Swamp Buck Restaurant, starting at 7, sponsored by Key Bank and Irving.

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SIC helps build outdoor classroom at Holt Research Forest

It was like a barn raising – only without the barn. Over three days this summer, volunteers from across Maine’s forest community helped create an outdoor classroom pavilion for the Maine TREE Foundation at the Holt Research Forest in Arrowsic.

“Maine TREE is excited about the opportunity to bring teachers, students and the community into closer contact with the research, data and hands-on experience at our own Holt Forest,” said Sherry Huber, executive director. “We are especially grateful to University of Maine resident scientist Jack Witham, Maine SFI Director Patrick Sirois and all the volunteers who pitched in and to those who donated materials to make our Outdoor Classroom a reality over this past summer.” Read more.

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McCormack honored with Austin Wilkins Award

The only person surprised – stunned really – that Max McCormack of Unity received this year’s prestigious Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award was McCormack himself. “When Sherry Huber called me about this I was, in fact, speechless,” he told a crowd of friends and colleagues at the Blaine House. “I think she had to ask if I was still on the line. And it has given me cause to reflect more than any other event in my career on how it happened and where I’ve been.”

Huber, executive director of the Maine TREE Foundation, couldn’t help smiling when she described his reaction to the news at the award ceremony on Sept. 8.

“Max was – I won’t say horrified – I think he was very pleasantly surprised and had no idea that this honor would come his way,” she said. “But he certainly deserves it.” Read more.

budworm-websiteSBW Task Force creates website

A comprehensive communications outreach tool and resource

A new spruce budworm website, designed to be a comprehensive communications outreach tool and resource for the coming outbreak in Maine, has been launched by a statewide task force.The site ( and companion Facebook page (Spruce Budworm Maine) were designed and developed by Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force members from the Maine Forest Service, the Maine Forest Products Council, the Maine Tree Foundation, and the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests and Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, with input from leading experts on the spruce budworm. Read more.

Added SBW bonus

Rob Johns returns to update us on what’s happening in Canada

If you remember the fascinating presentation on Canada’s budworm research that Dr. Rob Johns, forest insect ecologist, Natural Resources Canada, gave us in April 2015, you certainly won’t want to miss his update on Thursday, October 20, 9-11 a.m., at the MFS Southern Region Headquarters,  Bolton Hill Facility, 2870 North Belfast Ave., Augusta. Johns will lead a discussion on the background, biology, and economic impact of the eastern spruce budworm, highlight the mass migration event that occurred in New Brunswick in July, and discuss the application and safety of pesticide mechanisms for budworm control. He’ll also cover the early intervention strategy being implemented in New Brunswick.

In addition, Allison Kanoti, forest entomologist at MFS, will provide an update on conditions in Maine and the most current results from citizen science efforts around the state. There will be a Q&A session following the presentations. All are welcome, but due to space constraints pre-registration is required.
For more information please contact Meg Fergusson at the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, (207) 581-3794.