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