News From Maine’s Forests

RFP Professional Development Project: Woodland Retreat Owner Outreach & Engagement

1.3 Purpose of the RFP FOR/Maine’s Small Woodland Owner Committee is seeking a consultant to develop a 1⁄2 day credentialed professional development opportunity/continuing education course for forest industry professionals focused on conducting successful outreach and sustaining engagement with woodland retreat owners. The consultant will also be responsible for developing train the trainer resources, such as […]

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Governor Mills Launches $20 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Support Maine’s Forest Economy and Rural Communities

(Source: Office Maine Governor Janet Mills) November 12, 2021 Milford, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration is launching the Forestry Recovery Initiative to support Maine’s forest products industry and the people it employs, create and sustain jobs in rural Maine, and strengthen the state’s economy. The initiative will be administered by the […]

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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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