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By Sue McCarthy, MFPC Office Manager
The reviews are in, and the consensus is that the 54th MFPC Annual Meeting was, as members said, “one of the best,” “valuable and enjoyable” and “whoever is in charge of the weather gets extra points.”
The weather certainly could not have been more accommodating for the meeting, which was held in Bar Harbor on Sept. 7 and 8. With a beautiful backdrop, the business and informational sessions were well attended by more than 55 members and guests, not counting a chipmunk that freely traveled around the room throughout the day. We must have been a very inviting group because it was not afraid of us at all although we did check him for listening devices.
You won’t want to miss Paul Jannke’s answer to the question: Are we out of the woods yet? What are the main issue’s facing our industry and economy in 2015 and beyond. Sean Ireland of Verso gave an exciting update on nanocellulose and we got a status report on Maine’s spruce budworm strategy and where the budworm population is headed.
Dick Robertson of Farm Credit East was elected president of MFPC’s Board of Directors and others joined MFPC’s leadership teams. (See list.)
The folks at the Bar Harbor Regency did a wonderful job hosting our awards banquet in the evening, which was also very well attended by more than 80 members, guests, award recipients and their families. Maine humorist Tim Samples kept everyone laughing, while Jimmy Robbins did a great job again this year with our live auction, which was stocked with many fantastic items donated by our members. Without their support it would not have been as successful. The silent and live auction brought in $4000, so thanks to all of you who donated.
It also was great to recognize the best in our industry (see award winners below) .
Hosting meetings at wonderful locations also allow tours of local members’ operations, including this year’s tour of Pleasant River Lumber’s facility in Hancock. But all of this can’t happen without the support of our sponsors. We would like to thank the following members who helped with sponsorships:
Meeting Sponsor: Plum Creek
Tour Sponsor: Pleasant River
Golf Sponsors/19 Hole Reception: Blanchet Logging, Eaton Peabody, Sappi Fine Paper
Lunch Sponsors : Prentiss & Carlisle, Verso Paper
Breakfast Sponsor: ReEnergy, Wagner Forest Management
Presidents Reception Sponsors: Huber Resources, Seven Islands Land Co., Maibec Logging Inc.
Award Sponsor: Limington Lumber , H.C. Haynes
Auction Donations: Robbins Lumber, North Maine Woods, Blanchet Logging, Plum Creek, Maine Wood Concepts, Peavey Manufacturing, Sewall Co, Maine Commercial Tire, Maine Outdoors, E.D. Bessey, Progressive Engineering, Barry Burgason, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, Farm Credit, Peter Triandafillou, Fred Huntress
- Outstanding Manufacturer: Hardwood Products of Guilford
- Outstanding Logger: Richard Wing, Richard Wing & Sons Logging, Standish
- Outstanding Forester: Tricia Quinn of Plum Creek
- Outstanding Trucker: Jim Carrier, Richard Carrier Trucking, Skowhegan
- Alfred D. Nutting Award: Luke Brochu, Pleasant River Lumber. Read more.
- Abby Holman Public Service Award: Sen. Patrick Flood. Read more.
- President’s Award: Maine State Forester Doug Denico. Read more.