News From Maine’s Forests

RFP RE-ISSUE: FOR/Maine Timber Harvesting Equipment Transportation Efficiency Study

NOTICE of REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RE-ISSUE: FOR/Maine Timber Harvesting Equipment Transportation Efficiency Study ORGANIZATION: FOR/Maine, Maine Forest Products Council SUMMARY:FOR/Maine is soliciting competitive bids for a study of Timber Harvesting Equipment Transportation Efficiency. The provider will study and report on the possibility of a statewide expansion of 1) the March/April allowance for the movement of […]

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Bowdoin Pioneers Maine’s First Pure-Mass Timber Commercial Structure, Signals Continued Commitment to Sustainability

Published September 20, 2021 by Bowdoin News The framework of Bowdoin’s latest construction project supports more than simply the buildings that will become Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies; it also supports the College’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

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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 […]

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RFI: FOR/Maine Forest Economy Educational Connections & Curriculum Design

RFI: FOR/Maine Forest Economy Educational Connections & Curriculum Design

NOTICE of REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: FOR/Maine Forest Economy Educational Connections & Curriculum Design ORGANIZATION: FOR/Maine, Maine Forest Products Council SUMMARY: FOR/Maine is interested in developing a better understanding of the work needed to build educational connections and curriculum resources that educate and engage students on forest economy topics and subjects which may ultimately result in […]

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Mill milestone: Market growth drives LP Houlton expansion, benefits supply chain

By Laurie Schreiber As LP Houlton’s 160 employees keep busy this summer turning hundreds of thousands of tons of Northern Maine trees into millions of square feet of engineered–wood products, work was underway to expand the mill in response to increased demand for its flagship line, an exterior siding and trim called SmartSide.

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In northern Maine, forestry practices create shifting habitat for migrating songbirds

BY TUX TURKEL STAFF WRITER TOWNSHIP 4, RANGE 14 — After flying from Central America this spring, a small, yellowish songbird called a mourning warbler homed in on a patch of forest northeast of Moosehead Lake and determined it was the right place to find a mate and raise a family. This patch is no wildlife […]

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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, […]

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Bangor developer aims to bring biorefinery, jobs to former Lincoln mill site

A Bangor-based developer of alternative fuels derived from wood waste is looking to locate a biofuels refinery on the former Lincoln Paper and Tissue site in Lincoln — and potentially create 200 jobs there. Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. of Maine, the town of Lincoln and the Lincoln Lakes Innovation Corp. last week announced a tentative agreement […]

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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 […]

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Ashland markets newly purchased 94-acre parcel for commercial, industrial use

The town of Ashland has acquired a 94-acre parcel of land and plans to develop it for mixed commercial and industrial use, according to a news release Thursday.

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