Forestry News

New federal relief will provide $200M for logging industry

The logging industry has seen a steep decline in demand for wood fiber since the pandemic began, leading to an estimated 20% drop in the timber harvest this year. But federal help may be on the way.  Beginning Thursday, the Loggers Relief Act makes $200 million available for logging and log hauling businesses that have […]

Mainers have little awareness about full range of forest products industry, survey shows

A public survey released Thursday shows Mainers are generally bullish about the future of the state’s forest products industry, but have little awareness of how it’s changing. Of nearly 500 survey respondents throughout the state, 80% would recommend Maine students consider a forest-related job. FOR/Maine, a public-private coalition promoting the forest products industry, conducted the […]

“Maine’s Forests” – Age of Nature Presentation

This Age of Nature lecture presentation is organized by Maine Public. Age of Nature is an upcoming TV series on PBS and will air locally on Maine Public Television. Maine Public has partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Maine, as well as the Maine Education Association and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, to put together a series […]

Small homes made of Maine materials could boost economy, aid climate, council says

From WashingtonExaminer The Maine Climate Council has suggested a strategy that draws on the potential for constructing fuel efficient, modestly priced homes with locally sourced wood to help address the state’s affordable housing shortage while boosting the economy. Sustainably harvested wood – particularly when transport is minimal – is more sensible when compared with steel […]