With roughly $1 billion dollars invested in Maine’s forest economy in the past few years, there’s a lot to talk about. So the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) invited all legislative candidates as well as MFPC members to register for one of the four MFPC online meetings — northern, southern, western and Down East — from Oct. 13-16. Nearly 180 candidates and members signed up.
Traditionally, the Maine Forest Products Council holds a series of regional breakfasts — and we provide the breakfast! — to give candidates and MFPC’s members a chance to get to know each other. In the COVID era, though, that tradition must change, so the Council turned to ZOOM to bring everyone together. Candidates got a chance to hear about our industry, from the effects of COVID to the rapidly developing market for new forest-based products, and give a brief stump speech. The webinars also gave candidates and MFPC members a chance to ask questions and discuss issues.