March with us!

Chain Saw Marching BandThe Chainsaw Marching Band is what our members have always called engaged and active people from across the state who are willing to advocate for Maine’s forest products industry. To be heard in towns and counties, in Augusta and in Washington D.C., we need to speak with a loud voice. You can help by contacting your representatives in local, state and federal government.

The 126th Legislature is underway in earnest. The MFPC already has sent every senator and representative — new and old — a letter telling them that we’re looking forward to working with them. We also sent them our new fact sheet:  Top five reasons to support Maine’s forest economy  But the next step — and it’s a crucial one — is up to you. As MFPC President Mark Doty wrote in a recent newsletter, you can have a strong impact on your senator and representative and now is the best time to introduce yourself. Here are the three best ways (in order) to tell them that how important the forest products economy is to you and to the entire state.

  1. A written note — the more personal the better — is a rare and memorable way to introduce yourself in this digital age.
  2. A phone call.
  3. An email.

In the information below, we’ve tried to make it easy for you to find your legislators and figure out what to say to them. But the most important thing you can do for your business and our industry is: Don’t put it off. Make contact now, so that when we really need to be heard, your legislators will be listening.

Contacting your senator and representative

Find out who represents your town and how to write, phone or email your senator and representative.

What do I write or say?

Something like (but make it your own) . . .

Dear Sen. (or Rep.) NAME,

I’m writing to invite you to visit our business, BUSINESS NAME in TOWN.  We’d love to have you join us for a quick tour or just coffee and conversation. We’d also like to tell you why we are strong supporters of Maine’s forest economy and the Maine Forest Products Council.

When you’re considering forest issues or legislation, please feel free to contact me with any questions or just to hear how a bill might will affect our business. You can reach me at PHONE NUMBER or by email at EMAIL ADDRESS.

Best wishes, etc

 Your help really matters

It will take all of us, working together, to build a supportive economic and public policy climate for the forest products community and promote a healthier, more vital forestry sector.

So please join the Chainsaw Marching Band and march with us.

Sincerely,
Patrick Strauch
Executive director
Maine Forest Products Council