Forest Opportunity Roadmap / MAINE Strong forests. Strong economy. Strong communities.

Phase II


FOR/Maine is building on recent investment in the forest economy to promote continued growth through implementation of the Roadmap’s goals and strategies. Through rigorous research in Phase I, we have identified the global wood products that can be competitively made in Maine; we’ve modeled and continue to update our sustainable wood supply projections. Phase II of the project focuses on sustained collaboration for implementation of the Forest Opportunity Roadmap. We are moving forward to commercialize new uses of wood and place Maine as a global center of wood technology innovation; we are developing a marketing plan to bring more capital investments to Maine; and building a communications strategy to promote career opportunities in a resurging forest industry.

Our success is defined by our collective ability to adapt to market opportunities and build resilient rural communities and a strong workforce, while constantly focusing on an economic development strategy that retains existing businesses, promotes innovation, encourages investment and builds market diversity. Together, we are realizing the next generation of Maine’s great forest economy.


After two years of research and strategy development, informed by extensive data, global benchmarking, and industry expertise, the findings are out!

See the roadmap to grow Maine’s forest products sector by 40% by 2025.


  • Wood Production

    13 M tons of wood processed (2016)
  • Economic Impact

    $8.5 B industry
    $1/20 Maine GDP
  • Job Creation

    35,000 jobs sustained
    1/24 jobs in Maine
89% forested
17.6 M acres
  • Recreation

    Millions of acres of private working forests open for activities including fishing and hunting, hiking, rafting, canoeing and kayaking, skiing and snowmobiling, mountain biking
  • Wildlife

    Home for wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer and black bear, bobcats and the endangered Canada lynx, hawks, owls and bald eagles, wild turkeys, and the largest population of native brook trout in the lower 48 states


Maine forests have the attributes businesses and investors seek in renewable forest endeavors:

Largest contiguous, privately owned working forest in the US: 16.3 million acres
More than 50% certified sustainable
Well-established forest industry infrastructure that can sustainably produce 13 million tons of wood per year
Leading forestry school and forest products R&D facilities: University of Maine
Proximity to the largest consumer market in the world: US eastern seaboard
Deepwater ports offer direct shipping to Europe and around the world


Forest Opportunity Roadmap / Maine (FOR/Maine) is a unique cross-sector collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and non-profits, which have come together to ensure that Maine strategically adapts and capitalizes on changing markets, to maintain our leading role in the global forest economy and support prosperity in our state. The coalition was created with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.


  • Yellow Breen Maine Development Foundation
  • Marina Bowie Biobased Maine
  • John Cashwell BBC Land
  • Donna Cassese SAPPI North America
  • Patty Cormier Maine Forest Service
  • Jim Contino Verso
  • Peggy Daigle Town of East Millinocket/former Town Manager
  • Tom Doak Maine Woodland Owners
  • Dana Doran Professional Logging Contractors of Maine
  • Andy Hamilton Eaton Peabody
  • Bob Linkletter Maine Woods Pellet Company
  • Charlotte Mace Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Scott Madden Madden Timberlands
  • Rosaire Pelletier Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Jim Robbins Robbins Lumber
  • Steve Schley (chair) Retired, Pingree Associates
  • Steve Shaler University of Maine
  • Charlie Spies CEI Capital Management
  • Pat Strauch Maine Forest Products Council
  • Peter Triandafillou Huber Resources
  • Jake Ward University of Maine
  • Aaron Weiskittel University of Maine
  • Brian Whitney Maine Technology Institute


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