News From Maine’s Forests

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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Ongoing research collaboration brings forest bioproducts to Bangor middle schoolers

Ashley Forbes, ashley.forbes@maine.edu June 25, 2021  This year, when eighth graders Ian Blackwell and Nik Horton were looking for a project for the Maine State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair, they spotted a spiffy varnished wood box tricked out with bracing and hardware in their science classroom at the James F. Doughty School in Bangor, […]

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RFP: Timber Harvesting Equipment Transportation Efficiency Study

Issue Date: June 15, 2021Closing Date: July 2, 2021 Purpose of the RFP Existing regulations currently prohibit the movement of oversized timber harvesting equipment and oversized low-beds at night in most of the state. The FOR/Maine Transportation Committee is seeking proposals for a study to be completed that will consider the feasibility of expanding the […]

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Rock Row development begins new phase with a new construction material, a first for Maine

By Maureen Milliken Developers of Rock Row in Westbrook have announced the launch of the commercial phase of the massive mixed-use development, and there’s a twist. This phase will include Maine’s first commercial building constructed from cross-laminated timber.

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Ashland looks to generate investment around new forest industry product

May 14, 2021 By Maureen Milliken The town of Ashland is launching a development program, Original Mass Timber Maine, that aims to build markets for structural round timber, a low-cost and carbon-friendly building product that is a perfect fit for the state’s forest industry, those behind the initative say. The three-year project, funded by a grant to […]

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