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 received 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 pleased 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 outstanding innovations and investments to merge technologies for the efficient production of wood pellets and electrical power.”
“The three Linkletter brothers – Robert, Richard and Bruce – began redeveloping their Athens, Maine, industrial site 12 years ago. Construction lasted 16 months,” Smith said. “Maine Woods Pellet began operations with 20 employees, producing 50,000 tons per year. Now, Maine Woods Pellets is on pace to produce 120,000 tons of pellets with 35 employees.
“Four years ago, they also added a 120,000 ton per year biomass burner to both generate electricity and utilize excess heat to pre-dry feedstock for pellet production.
“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.”
PHIPPSBURG — Maine’s four gubernatorial candidates, Republican Shawn Moody, Democrat Janet Mills, and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron, spoke about forest products issues, including Tree Growth Tax, work force development, and research and development for new wood-based products at the Maine Forest Product Council’s 58th Annual Meeting on Sept. 17.
“Access to the gubernatorial candidates was very much appreciated by the members,” said Executive Director Patrick Strauch. “Our industry has a lot at stake in picking the right leader because we can offer the next administration an opportunity to capitalize on our ability to grow the economy in rural parts of Maine if we make the right decisions.”
Thanks to our generous sponsors (see below), more than 100 people enjoyed the two-day event at Sebasco Harbor resort, which included awards for outstanding contributions to Maine’s forest products industry and presentations on:
- The unified paper industry’s effort to slow the decline in paper consumption from Mary Anne Hansan, president of the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB), who spoke about the “How Life Unfolds” campaign. Since 2015, about $20 million annually has been spent to reach a target audience of 38 million Americans and, according to Cornell economist Harry Kaiser, the marketing campaign has contributed nearly 500,000 short tons a year to paper-based packaging consumption from 2015 to 2017. See report.
“I only wish they were promoting all wood products, not just paper and packaging,” said Bill Ferdinand of Eaton Peabody. “Maine should consider ways to promote wood products from our state.”
- How St. Croix Tissue has revitalized Woodland Pulp from Marco L’Italien, vice president of International Grand Investment Corp. Marco L’Italien, vice president of International Grand Investment Corp., owner of the Woodland mill.
- FOR/Maine update from Steve Schley, chair, Executive Committee; Sarah Curran, FOR/Maine program director, and Charlotte Mace, executive director, Biobased Maine, will talk about the progress of the roadmap and about promising companies that have been identified as part of the Maine Technology Institute process.
“I heard lots of comments about the quality of programming,” Strauch said, “including Marco’s commentary on the success and opportunities of the Baileyville mill, a report on the FOR/Maine planning process and Mary Ann Hansan’s description of the paper and packaging campaign.”
MFPC also announced its annual awards for the best of 2018, including:
- Mark Doty of Madison, retired, Weyerhaeuser, winner of the Albert D. Nutting Award, “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.” Learn more.
- Sarah Medina of Dixmont, Seven Islands, Abby Holman Public Service Award, “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.” Learn more.
- Ken Laustsen of Oakland, retired biometrician, Maine Forest Service, President’s Award, “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.” Learn more.
- Vern Labbe of Frenchville, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Outstanding Forester, “in recognition of 44 years of exceptional service in implementing sustainable forest management for the people of Maine on the Bureau of Public Lands.” Learn more.
- Robert Linkletter, Maine Woods Pellets, Athens, Outstanding Manufacturer, “in recognition of outstanding innovations and investments to merge technologies for the efficient production of wood pellets and electrical power.” Learn more.
- Jim Nicols, Nicols Brothers, Mexico, 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.” Learn more.
- Brian Souers, Treeline Inc., Lincoln, Outstanding Trucking, “in recognition of outstanding forest products trucking through tireless pursuits of innovation, loaded miles and a commitment to quality service.” “Thank you for a really nice time on Monday evening!” Souers emailed. “The venue was perfect, the room was very comfortable and we certainly appreciated the recognition.” Learn more.
“It’s always rewarding to me to see the wide variety of our membership and to know that no matter how competitive we may all be in the marketplace,” Strauch said, “when we come together as the Maine Forest Products Council, we all understand the power of seeking common ground in advancing our forest economy.”
“The Maine Forest Products Council meeting was very well attended this year. The program was very interesting with emphasis on the status of the paper industry in Maine, which actually is much healthier than I had realized,” said Jim Robbins of Robbins Lumber. “Another highlight of the meeting was the appearance of all four gubernatorial candidates who each spent about a half hour explaining their positions and answering questions.”
As everyone who reads a newspaper or watches TV knows, a huge blue wave swept through Maine Nov. 6, giving Democrats control of the Maine House and Senate by wide margins. Debate, discussion and downright arguments will continue to swirl around the election, but the big question is how will all this affect the Maine’s forest products industr
Strauch, lobbyist Michele MacLean and Bill Ferdinand of Eaton Peabody talked this all out with the MFPC Board on Nov. 9th, encouraging all members to weigh in on the most important policy objectives for the Council and for the industry in the new administration and upcoming 129th Maine Legislature.
The House will have 90 Democrats, 57 Republicans and four independents. In the Senate, there will be 21 Democrats and 14 Republicans – the Democrats largest majority in more than a decade. To put that in perspective, Senate Republicans will have to fill their seats on 17 legislative committees with just 14 members. Maine House election results. Maine Senate election results.
“That’s a pretty significant win for Democrats,” MacLean said. “And of course, Janet Mills took the Blaine House, So Democrats had a great day.”
Mills was the first governor-elect to win with a majority since 1970, when Kenneth Curtis won with 50.14 percent of the vote, according to the Press Herald. Mills named campaign manager Jeremy Kennedy, who also will be her chief of staff, and former Maine Democratic Party chairman Ben Grant to lead her transition team.
“I think you’ll see a lot of people competing to be either a commissioner or on staff,” Ferdinand said. “There will be a lot of people wanting positions.”
Strauch and other members of FOR/Maine, including Steve Schley and Yellow Light Breen, met with Mills during the campaign.
Jim Contino, past MFPC president, said “I think our opportunity is to show Gov.-elect Mills how forestry can be a good thing for Maine’s environment.”
Strauch agreed, adding, “We need to capitalize on southern Maine’s growing awareness of wood and its role in a green economy. And we need to demonstrate that growth will come on the backs of established industries that provide the horsepower to keep a community going.”
Foresty issues included in Mills’ platform include:
- Enhance working forest land by once again seeking federal Forest Legacy funding to support timber-sector jobs, ensure sustainable forestry, conserve wildlife habitat, and guarantee recreational access.
- Help lead an ambitious effort to diversify the Maine’s rural communities and the state’s forest economy by attracting capital investments, and developing greater, more diverse economic prosperity for communities impacted by recent mill closures.
“We have a relationship with Janet,” Strauch said. “She graciously spoke to our board and has been very approachable over the years. As a governor, I think she’ll understand that the forest products industry is one of our state’s biggest economic engines.”
Board member John Cashwell agreed, saying, “We ought to get very active throughout the industry to find the right people.”
In the Maine Senate, Troy Jackson of Allagash will serve as president with Nate Libby of Lewiston as majority leader and Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic as assistant majority leader. On the Republican side, Dana Dow of Waldoboro was elected minority leader and Jeff Timberlake of Turner, assistant minority leader.
“Obviously, Democrats will be in charge of committee chairmanships for the House and the Senate,” MacLean said. “Governor-elect Mills is going to be pulling together a new cabinet. She will appoint all new commissioners and significant positions within various agencies that we work with. So we’ll have a whole new cast of characters to work with. It will take some time to make these appointments, but having said that I’m amazed by the speed at which the caucuses are getting organized.”
In the House, Sara Gideon will be back as speaker, but all of the Democratic leadership in the House left, running for the Senate or Congress. So there’s going to be a new shakeup on that end. There will be new leadership on the Republican side of the aisle, since majority leader Ken Fredette termed out and assistant minority leader Ellie Espling ran her race for the Senate. House Republicans are caucusing Wednesday to elect their leadership. House Democrats are meeting Thursday.
Workforce development and other labor issues are likely to be significant in the coming session, MacLean said. Ferdinand added that other “issues that are top of mind right now are more healthcare, education, opioids, energy. The workforce issue goes beyond forestry.”
Another important area, Strauch said, will be committee assignments and “we’ll be watching that closely.”
Drew Gattine is expected to be back as House chair of Appropriations. With 21 Democratic senators and 17 committee, “not everyone is going to get a chair position,” Ferdinand said. “What typically happens is that the new people don’t unless they have very special expertise in something. It’s been a sort of seniority type of approach seen in the past. Everyone will get a committee because Democrats will get two seats, but it also will allow a chair, such as Appropriations, to just be on Appropriations — they don’t have to do anything else. And two people, in this case, could be chosen for Appropriations and nothing else which is actually better for them.”
According to the Maine House, there are 47 new House members, so another likely development, MacLean said, is that cloture, the deadline for submitting completed requests for bills, resolves and constitutional resolutions to be considered in a legislative session, is likely to be moved back to January, rather than the third week in December. “They’ll probably push it back to allow some extra time for all the incoming legislators, she said. “So that gives us a little more time to have conversations about bills or any issue we might want to advance.”
“There are some things we need to do to be as effective as we can,” Strauch said. “That transition team for the administration is important and having names that we can throw in is going to be important and the extent to which we can have an effect on committee assignments as well. That’s what we’ll be working on and if any of you are interested in a state position or have insights to share, I’d like to hear them.”
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. RSVP NOW
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, Old Town, Governors, 7-9 a.m., sponsored by Farm Credit East and BBC Land Inc.
- Thursday, Sept. 27, Caribou Motor Inn, 7-9 a.m., sponsored by Huber Resources, Farm Credit East and Seven Islands.
- Wednesday, Oct. 3 Scarborough, Eggs & I, 7-9 a.m., sponsored by Farm Credit East and Weyerhaeuser.
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, Farmington Homestead Restaurant, 8-10 a.m., sponsored by Stratton Lumber, American Forest Management and Farm Credit East.
- Wednesday, Oct. 10 Calais, Calais Inn, sponsored by Farm Credit East and Woodland Pulp.
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
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Sunday – Golf – T-Times starting at 11:10 to 12:20
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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
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Monday Evening – Reception, Silent Auction, Live Auction & Awards Banquet
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Pebble Dinner Buffet – Salmon, Roast Pork Loin and Grilled Chicken
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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.
For those who attended MFPC’s 2016 annual meeting in Orono, there was a definite deja vu vibe at the Maine Wood and Sustainability conference May 9 at the University of Southern Maine. The conference, attended by about 170 people from Maine, New York, Massachussetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, brought together architects, engineers, builders and developers. It also highlighted the use of mass timber/CLT.
“The conference was really beneficial as it brought together the forest product industry and architects to discuss the uses and sustainability of wood,” said Alex Ingraham, president of Pingree Associates, who was a presenter on Manufacturing in Maine. “It was really encouraging to see so many people in one room from very disparate backgrounds excited about wood and the potential growth of forest products and the local Maine Economy. Hopefully this is the first of many successful conferences.”
The Wood Conference agenda included sessions on everything from codes/policy to ways, to wood heat, to how to turn ideas into action. The session on Mass Timber + Maine, for example, featured three panelists who presented at MFPC’s 2016 Annual Meeting: Russell Edgar of UMaine, representing the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center (MMTCC); Casey Malmquist, president of SmartLam, and Matt Tonello, project executive, Consigli Construction.
“We found the Maine Wood and Sustainability Conference a big help in continuing to educate critical stakeholders (architects, engineers, contractors, building code officials, fire marshals, etc…) on the benefits of Mass Timber technologies,” Edgar said. “The growth and success of Mass Timber manufacturing in Maine is likely to be a boon to the forest products economy in the state.”
Another important event to continue the “positive momentum” in the state and region,” Edgar said, will be the Maine Mass Timber Conference Oct. 11 at the University of Maine in Orono.