Forestry News

A Maine logging industry program focuses on growing the workforce

Maine’s workforce-challenged logging industry has a dozen new workers after last week’s graduation ceremony for the latest group to complete a 12-week hands-on training program.  The program was jointly developed by the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine and Northern Maine, Eastern Maine and Washington County community colleges, with support from industry partners. With this summer’s recently graduated group, 60 trainees […]

Study links active forest management to reduced tick populations

Active management of forests, including timber harvesting to meet silvicultural objectives, can influence the transmission dynamics of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, anaplasmosis and babesiosis, according to a new study by a team of University of Maine researchers.  Christine Conte, an ecology and environmental sciences student who earned a master’s degree from UMaine in 2019, […]

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 […]