On Sept. 17, Mark Doty of Madison, who recently retired from Weyerhaeuser, received the Maine Forest Products Council’s most prestigious award at MFPC’s Annual Meeting in Phippsburg.
The Albert Nutting award was created in 1990 to honor Al Nutting, the former director of the School of Forestry at the University of Maine, Maine Commissioner of Forestry and one of the founders of the Maine Forest Products Council. The plaque is printed on a piece of black locust that grew on the lawn of the Nutting homestead in Otisfield before 1850 by a Nutting ancestor. This award is presented annually to an individual who “have demonstrated recognized qualities of leadership and integrity, as well as a commitment to the values both public and private, generated from the working forest. His or her experience will reflect concern for the sound environmental use as well as the economic value of the forest to industry and the community at large.”
“In recognition of his innovative and effective leadership; his exceptional communication skills; his strong commitment to sustainable forestry and conservation and his unwavering advocacy for the forest products industry not only in Maine, but also in New Hampshire and Vermont.”
Jim Robbins Sr. of Robbins Lumber presented the award, saying, “It is my honor tonight to present this award to one of the finest gentlemen in the industry, Mark Doty. It has been my pleasure to work with Mark on the Executive Committee of the Maine Forest Products Council for many years and view firsthand his leadership abilities. As a leader Mark always keeps his cool, makes sure everyone has their say and is respectful to everyone.
“Mark is a great leader recognized not only in Maine but also in other New England states. Let me read some of his accomplishments to you. I’m sure most of you don’t know that Mark worked draft horses at a horse farm in Morrill during 1977 and 1978 and helped haul shavings for their bedding from the Robbins sawmill in Searsmont.
“He went on to also earn a B.S. degree in Forest Engineering (Summa cum laude) from the University of Maine in Orono in 1986. On the Scott Paper landbase, worked as a summer intern while in college 1985 and 1986, was hired full time in 1987 as a dirt forester (by Doug Denico), joined the manager ranks in 1993 eventually being responsible for management of 500,000 acres. He then moved into Community Affairs, Government Affairs and Communication from 2007 (following Doug Denico’s retirement) until Mark’s retirement in 2018, having worked for five landowners on the same land base (Scott Paper, SD Warren, Sappi, Plum Creek, Weyerhaeuser).
- Maine licensed forester #1073 since 1987
- Maine Forest Products Council, board member 2007 to present, and past president
- Vermont Woodlands Association, board member, 2014 to 2018
- Vermont Forest Products Association, board member, 2012 to 2018
- NH Timber Owners Association, board member, 2014 to 2018, resigned as president elect 2017
- Maine SFI Implementation Committee 2007 to 2016, and past chair
- Cooperative Forestry Research Unit, CFRU, board member 2008 to 2014, and past chair
- Sportsmen/Forest Landowner Alliance 2007 to 2017, and past chair
- University of Maine, School of Forest Resources, Robert I. Ashman Scholar 1985-86
- Northeast Logger’s Association, Outstanding Leadership in Industry Award 2017
- Vermont Forest Products Association, Vermont’s Outstanding Leadership in Industry Award 2017
- Purchased and began management of 160 acre woodlot with his family in 2014
- Town of Madison – resident 2008 to present, planning board member 2013 to present, Lake Wesserunsett Association current president
- Town of Cornville – resident 1993 to 2008, member of the volunteer fire department for 10 years, Comprehensive Planning Committee
- Town of Caratunk – resident 1988 to 1993, held positions as selectman, planning board member, code enforcement officer and fire department member
- Appalachian Trail corridor monitor, Maine, 2009 to present
Last, but certainly not least, Mark and his wife Lilly raised two wonderful sons, one settled in England training museums in the use of archiving software and the other is a forester with Two Trees Forestry in Winthrop Maine. Mark is enjoying his retirement and now works only 40 hours a week surveying, running GPS and total station instruments. He’s also active recreationally – mountain climbing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, kayaking and sailing, mountain biking.
“You just have to wonder how he’s found the time to do all that,” Robbins joked.
By Jim Contino, outgoing president of the Maine Forest Products Council
The President’s Award is a recognition reserved to the Presidents discretion. I get to give it to anyone I want – it’s one of the few perks of the job… Since I am the outgoing President, this is essentially my last gasp! It is my pleasure to present this award to Ken Laustsen.
“In recognition of his public service to the forest products industry as state biometrician, as well as his unique ability to make a complicated subject easily understood. His advocacy for better forestry communications went far beyond insuring that facts and figures were correct. He helped people evaluate the credibility and usefulness of information so that they could make better decisions.”
Ken has recently finished a distinguished Forest Products career that started in 1974 as a ROW Foreman doing brush control work for Asplundh and ended this year when he retired from the Maine Forest Service as as our Forest Biometrician. He was not always the inventory geek that most of us know and love today. In between he had lots of different jobs:
- 1975 – 90: A bunch of forest operations jobs for Great Northern.
- 1990 – 99: He gravitated to become the inventory guy for GNP.
- 1999 – 2018: He served as the Biometrician for the State.
Many of you might not know exactly what a Forest Biometrician is. I suggest you think of it this way:
- One part mensurationist (Timber Cruiser)
- One part statistician (Poker Player)
- One part modeler (Computer Geek)
Shake them together vigorously and you get a guy who can tell you just about anything that you need to know about the forests of Maine. Not only can he tell you how much standing timber there is but he can model its growth and availability. Many of us in this room have developed love affairs with the forests of Maine. We go to sleep at night and we see pictures of the places we have worked come to us in our dreams. I think Ken is different because in his dreams he is watching movies rather than just looking at pictures. Ken is an extraordinary Biometrician because he has seen the Maine forest change through the last 45 years and he is gifted enough to play that movie into the future for the rest of us. A good Biometrician knows how to model change. Ken is a very good Biometrician!
Ken is worth his weight in gold to anyone that needs to scope out the available wood supply for expansions or new projects. I worked closely with Ken when we were doing the wood supply projections for the Bucksport mill biomass project. Sadly, that project could not prevent the demise of our mill there but I can tell you that Ken helped us nail the volume of material that was available to us from the counties surrounding Bucksport. Three years after the project, we conducted a post capital review to measure the success of the project and it turned out that our supply assumptions and resulting wood cost projections were incredibly close to what we projected. There is simply no way I was smart enough to have done that without Ken’s help.
It strikes me that we really need someone to fill this role for us in Maine as developers and new technologies look to create new markets and investments. Ken left some very big shoes to fill and I am certain they are very important shoes to fill as well.
But it was never all about the Forestry Stuff for Ken. He is incredibly devoted to a number of community service organizations including:
- Abanaki Girl Scouts
- Ducks Unlimited
- Maine Tree Farm
- Society of American Foresters
- Project Learning Tree
- Accredited softball and soccer umpire
The volunteer list goes on, but the umpire role seemed to make perfect sense to me. The one guy in the room that I could not imagine arguing with over a tough sports call would be Ken. He would absolutely always get the benefit of the doubt from me.
So without further delay, please help me welcome Ken to the podium to receive this award for a tremendously distinguished career.
At MFPC’s 58th Annual Meeting in Phippsburg Sept. 9, Maine State Forester Doug Denico presented the 2018 Outstanding Forester Award to Vern Labbe of the state Bureau of Parks and Public Lands. “
In recognition of 44 years of exceptional service in implementing sustainable forest management for the people of Maine on the Bureau of Public Lands.”
“It is with the greatest pleasure I am presenting this award to Vern,” Denico said. “I came to know Vern about 3 1/2 years ago when we began working together in Public Lands. I consider this a good bit of luck to have come to know Vern. Tonight, Vern is being honored for his 44 years of exemplary professional forestry work across an unbelievably broad spectrum of forestry activities.
“Unless you are involved with Public Lands, you can’t understand the complex and demanding type of work that is required. From the top, or bottom, depending on your perspective, Vern has had multiple bosses at the same time. The public, Legislature, department heads and someone like me have oversight over Vern; a barely functional type of management structure.
“Public Lands practices uneven age silviculture, a complicated system at best. Growth and harvest have to be balanced by small geographic units of about 30,000 acres, another tough hurdle. Silvicutural prescriptions are limited to 11 examples and policy is dictated by a document called the Integrated Resource Plan. Also, Public Lands is dual certified under SFI and FSC, and practices under Outcome Based Forestry. Given these restraints, Vern has made some remarkable achievements.
“Vern has doubled the amount of pre-commercial thinning on Public Lands over the last three years. He has introduced areal herbiciding to help broaden the tools to use against beech. His willingness to productively engage in wildlife management is outstanding. Along with managing a working forest, Vern has tens of thousands of ecological reserves to manage.
“Also, Vern has found the time to assist in purchasing more public lands and resolving many of our common and undivided parcels. The public gets a chance every five years to give Public Lands its insight into what kind of recreation is best to serve public needs on each of its 14 management units. Vern has built a great infrastructure of hiking trails, campsites, boat launchers, and added access for persons with disabilities in key areas.
“Vern introduced service contracting to Public Lands in about 2012 to gain the benefits all major landowners have come to enjoy. But the process to create renewable contracts, pay for services weekly and have a fair and equitable bid procedure is nearly impossible to make work within a state system not used to dealing with a business. Vern has been instrumental in negotiating with mills for products produced. Negotiating on behalf of the people of Maine is not like negotiating to improve the bottomline.
“Vern finished his state employment on Public Lands as its deputy director this past August. But true to his belief in and love of Public Lands, Vern has agreed to stay on in a contractional arrangement. I might add, in spite of more lucrative offers.
“Vern, my heart felt appreciation goes out to you. You have raised the bar on what the people of Maine can expect from its stewards of Public Lands.
“Thank you, Vern.”
The Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) announced its annual awards for the best of 2018 at its 58th annual meeting Sept. 18, including Treeline Inc. of Lincoln, which earned the Outstanding Trucking Award.
“In recognition of outstanding forest products trucking through tireless pursuits of innovation, loaded miles and a commitment to quality service.”
“Treeline is please to be serving so many quality Maine Forest Products customers and looks forward to serving them well,” Souers said.
Treeline has been in business for 38 years and Started hauling round wood with two loader trucks in 1985. In the late 1980s, Treeline began growing the tractor trailer fleet and in hauling biomass chips in 2003. The trucking service peaked in 2015 with 25 trucks, 55 trailers and 10 contracted trucks. In 2016, the company scaled back to 20 trucks, 45 trailers and two contracted trucks, because two wood yards were shut down and biomass and pulp markets declined.
In 2017, Treeline began flatbed hauling, predominantly lumber out of Maine and logs back in. Currently the company is dispatching 8 to 10 flatbeds, of which two to four are owner operators. These trucks are now covering a good portion of the East Coast.
The company began hauling water tankers for Poland Spring on Aug. 1, 2018, and currently is doing this with four trucks and eight drivers. So total fleet is now 32 trucks, 60 trailers and four to six contracted trucks.
Most of the credit goes to Operations Manager Bob Bethune, Souers said, who has been a Treeline Team Leader for over 31 years now. Bethune has been joined by one of Treeline’s top drivers, Floyd Wilcox, who has stepped up to develop and oversee the flatbed and water hauling business.
Treeline understands the industry’s need for safe and efficient transportation providers as well the challenges of professional driver development. To that end, the company has developed an aggressive safety and compliance program as well an in-house Driver Apprentice training program.
The Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) chose Nicols Brothers Logging of Rumford as Maine’s Outstanding Logger
“In recognition of exemplary on-the-ground performance, longstanding commitment to the well-being of their employees, the community and Maine’s logging profession.”
“I’d like to thank the Council for this award,” Jim Nicols said. “I’m honored and humbled to receive it.”
John McNulty, president of Seven Islands Land Co., presented the award Sept. 17 at MFPC’s annual meeting in Phippsburg, saying, “Nicols Brothers started in the early 1980’s when Jimmy and Billy both ran cable skidders and “cut from the stump.” Since that time they have grown into a full service logging and trucking company with over twenty employees. They offer cut-to-length harvesting, whole-tree harvesting, concentration yard log processing, trucking, firewood, road construction and maintenance services and contracted chipping/grinding.
“Innovation characterizes their brand. One of the first contractors in Maine to embrace CTL logging. In the mid-1990’s they were early adopters of early commercial thinning with 2 Rottne 2000’s, small processors ideally suited for thinning dense softwood stands originating from the 1938 hurricane in the western mountains. Their willingness to try something new and untested has been a hallmark of their company. This attitude has enabled them to grow and expand the suite of services they offer landowners.
“Located in the western Maine Mountains where skid distances often exceed ½ mile, the Nicols Brothers were one of the first in the region to utilize six wheeled grapples to improve skidding efficiencies – another example of their willingness to adapt and innovate to improve their operation.
“The success of the operation lies in their professional employees and the owners who both spend a great deal of time on the logging sites. Billy is a processor operator and Jimmy serves as a woods boss/foreman. With the Nicols Brothers, it is all about quality. The right harvesting system is tailored to the needs of the landowner. Each team member takes great pride in what they do and maintains a professional manner and work ethic.
“They are active in the logging community as members of the CLP, Master Logger Program and the PLC. Jim has served as a past PLC president and on several occasions the company has hosted the annual spring safety training at their garage.
“Also a family operation, Jim’s wife Carlene serves as the secretary and Bill’s wife Pam provides other services. Ryan and Nate, who are Jim and Bill’s sons respectively, currently run the firewood operation.
“Their innovation, business acumen and interest in seeing that both the landowner and Nicols Brothers prosper and benefit from exemplary management, sets them apart as one of the top performing loggers in Maine and New England!”
“In recognition of her lifelong commitment to Maine’s natural environment and those that enjoy it, with particular focus on her work with North Maine Woods, IF&W’s Sportsman / Landowner relations program, Maine Snowmobilers Association, Maine Sporting Camp Owners Association, Maine’s UT land use planning, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and her leadership at UMaine.”
Steve Schley, president of Pingree Associates in Bangor from 1989 to 2017, presented the Abby Holman award to Sarah Medina, Seven Islands land use director, saying, “It gives me great pleasure this evening to present the Maine Forest Products Council Abby Holman Public Service Award. Abby Holman devoted herself to this industry and her clients and this evening’s recipient has done the same. I have been my privileged to call Sarah Medina a friend for over 40 years. One of the first times I met her she loaned me her motorcycle so I could take a run to the coast and see my grandparents.
“Some of you may not know that Sarah Medina was the first female graduate of UMaine’s forestry school. Sarah has served on UMaine curriculum and accreditation committees, their Forest Resource Advisory Committee (FRAC), and participated in classroom settings inspiring other women to pursue the profession.
“Seven Islands Land Company was lucky enough to hire Sarah out of college and is been blessed that she remains an integral part of the team today. Sarah has marked wood for harvest, laid out roads and just about everything else you can imagine but her work with the public sector is why she is being recognized tonight.
“Sarah was there when LURC was created by the legislature. She has worked with LURC issues, now LUPC, her entire career and I have often heard it said that as LURC staffers came and went, everyone recognized that Sarah knows Unorganized Territory regulatory and management issues better than anyone. Sarah has the same experience with Maine’s Tree Growth Tax law, witnessing its birth and participating in the constant legislative consideration for change. Sarah has had a lifelong passion for in-woods recreation helping found North Maine Woods for public use accommodation and has always been an active participant in Maine’s snowmobile industry.
“Sarah has been mentoring Hannah Stevens at Seven Islands in Bangor for the last couple of years. Hannah has noted that Sarah is known all over the state, not only within the forest industry, but within state agencies, non-profits, and other outside groups. Hannah remembers a staff member at a land trust remarking that before she writes a reply email to someone on any remotely contentious issue she takes a breath and thinks, “what would Sarah write?” Sarah has an amazing way of stating her (or the company’s) position on an argument firmly and professionally with a wealth of background information to support her point. She has a long track record of working with different folks to find common ground on which to proceed, and also with holding strong when needed.
“Sarah is generous. She is generous with her time and her knowledge. She has a great passion for education, evidenced by her long service to organizations like Girl Scouts and Project Learning Tree. She’s been involved with Make-A-Wish projects and many other things in her personal time, like her hometown food co-op.
“I am very pleased to present Sarah the 2018 Abby Holman Public Service Award.”
“In recognition of outstanding innovations and investments to merge technologies for the efficient production of wood pellets and electrical power.”
The Linkletters’ manufacturing success can be measured by their efficient pellet production, electricity generation and fully integrated operation from forestland ownership, logging, trucking and chipping, through pellet sales. On top of that they are successfully competing in energy markets, not just traditional wood products markets.
Congratulations to the Linkletter family and Maine Woods Pellet Co. for being named Manufacturer of the Year.
All members are invited to meet local legislative candidates, get a look at the “roadmap” for Maine’s forest economy and, thanks to our sponsors, enjoy a complimentary breakfast.
- Wednesday, September 26th: Old Town, Governors, 7-9 a.m.
- Thursday, September 27th: Caribou, Caribou Motor Inn, 7-9 a.m.
- Wednesday, October 3rd: Scarborough, Eggs & I, 7-9 a.m.
- Tuesday, October 9th: Farmington, Homestead Restaurant, 8-10 a.m.
- Wednesday, October 10th: Calais, Calais Motor Inn, 7-9 a.m.
Sebasco Harbor Resort, September 16-17th
It’s time to sign up for MFPC’s 58th annual meeting, Sept. 16-17, at beautiful Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg. We’ll devote Sunday, Sept. 16, to fun and fellowship, including golf and a barbecue. Monday, we’ll get down to business, with a full program of speakers on what’s happening in Maine’s forest economy, including:
— Mary Anne Hansan, president of the Paper and Packaging Board (P&PB), will tell us about the unified paper industry effort “to help strengthen consumer awareness of the value of the industry’s products, increase consumer appreciation and spur consumption.” She leads the “How Life Unfolds” campaign, which was launched in 2015 and spends about $20 million annually on integrated marketing to reach a target audience of 38 million Americans. She’ll share P&BB’s latest consumer research and the campaign’s overall progress, including what messages and methods resonate with consumers.
— Marco L’Italien, vice president of International Grand Investment Corp., owner of the Woodland mill, will update us on the mill and talk about issues and opportunities in the tissue market.
— Steve Schley, Pingree Associates, Charlotte Mace, executive director, BioBased Maine, and Sarah Curran, FOR/Maine program director, will fill us in on the progress of the Forest Opportunity Roadmap (FOR/Maine),
— All four gubernatorial candidate forum — Shawn Moody (R), Janet Mills (D), Terry Hayes (I) and Alan Caron (I) — will share their perspectives on Maine’s forest products industry and take questions from members.
And of course you won’t want to miss Happy Hour – Silent Auction/Live auction with auctioneer Jim Robbins or the banquet and awards ceremony.
DON’T WAIT! REGISTER NOW.
The success of this meeting depends greatly on membership support. As a MFPC member, I would like to extend to you the opportunity to participate as a sponsor. As you know, sponsorship is an essential component to all the events we hold, and it is especially important to subsidize the cost of the events. This allows broader participation of our members by keeping individual expense down. We hope that you will join us for our biggest event of the year. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our staff at 622-9288 or email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.
Jim Contino, MFPC President
Call to Sebasco Harbor Resort to make your reservations, 877-389-1161
Maine lodge $139, $169, Harbor Village $219 with two queens, Fairwinds Spa Suite $219 plus tax and 5% Resort Fee
Sunday and Monday events
Sunday – Golf – T-Times starting at 11:10 to 12:20
18 holes of golf, golf cart @ Sebasco Harbor Resort Golf Course ……………………………….…… $65.00
Sunday – 19th Hole Reception
6:00 pm — 19th Hole Reception/True Maine Lobster and Steak Experience ……….…………. $50.00
Monday – Breakfast 7 a.m. – Lighthouse Keeper’s Breakfast Buffet………………………… …… $20.00
Annual Business Meeting – 8 a.m. ……………………………………………………………………………..…… $20.00
Lunch – 12:30 p.m.………………………………………………………………………………………………………….$30.00
Monday Evening – Reception, Silent Auction, Live Auction & Awards Banquet
5:00 pm — Social Hour/Auction
6:30 pm — Buffet Dinner…………………………………………………………………………………………………$55.00
Pebble Dinner Buffet – Salmon, Roast Pork Loin and Grilled Chicken
____“Award Winning” Sponsor $300.00
____“Golf Sponsorship” Sponsor $300.00
____“Lunch” Sponsor $300.00
____“Meeting” Sponsor $400.00
____“19th Hole BBQ” Sponsor $400.00
____“Breakfast” Sponsor $400.00
____“Banquet Reception” Sponsor $500.00
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By Sarah Medina, land use director, Seven Islands Land Co., and secretary, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Maine
FREEPORT – The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Maine) and Project Learning Tree (PLT) booths were big hits at the Earth Day event Green ME Up! at L.L. Bean on April 21. The event, designed to encourage the public to learn more about sustainability and help them be stewards of the earth, was organized by Girl Scouts of Maine and open to the public.
Pat Sirois, SFI Maine coordinator, used the flume table to demonstrate proper road crossings and what landowners are doing to maintain “fish friendly” environments.
“The Girl Scouts already had a real understanding of sustainability,” Sirois said, “and some of them were exceptional in their ability to articulate the concepts.”
PLT volunteers facilitated multiple interactive workshops on “Every Tree for Itself” and “Water Wonders,” and helped more than 500 kids make tree cookie necklaces or medallions. SFI members created and donated the tree cookies.
In addition to the forestry sector (SFI, PLT, SAPPI and Irving,) exhibitors included Maine Audubon; Garbage to Gardens (composting); Natural Resources Council of Maine; Lee Auto (electric cars); Coke (recycling soda bottles); Paint Care; Sustainable Biofuels; Cooperative Extension; LLB Discovery School: the EVO climbing wall, and, of course, Girl Scouts (program, camp, Junior Maine Guides.) Entertainment included Earth Jams, Planet Pan and stage performances by the Ecology School. Poland Spring provided a hydration station and three unique food trucks were serving.
Both the SFI and PLT booths were two deep most of the day, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We talked with Girl Scouts from as far south as Eliot and north from Madawaska. Several people just happened upon the event and engaged.
“It was a great way to launch these new relationships with the Girl Scouts of Maine and with SFI,” said Patricia Maloney, coordinator of Maine Project Learning Tree. “Our volunteers made the PLT and SFI exhibits a popular stop at the Green ME Up event.”
The event was so popular it ran over by 30 minutes. Everyone involved agreed, it was so successful, so we’ll hold it again next year. Be forewarned: Pat Sirois, Pat Maloney and Sarah Medina will be looking for additional exhibitors and volunteers to help present the forestry sector’s wonderful sustainability stories.
“When you are a Girl Scout, it’s easy to go green,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine. “Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts sees the importance of ensuring the health of our planet, and we hope to inspire everyone to take action in their own lives to make Maine – and the world – a greener place.”
Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSME provides services and support to over 12,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor. For more information or to join Girl Scouts in Maine, visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org or find Girl Scouts of Maine on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or call 888-922-4763.