Maine Updates

As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries
Editorial in Bangor Daily News, Mar 24, 2017. ‘Might have been written for NS

Could biofuel save Maine’s timber industry?
Bangor Daily News, Mar 6, 2017. Lessons for NS – you are not so innovative.

The Forest Economy 2.0
New technology offers possibilities for Maine “mills that would break down wood to very tiny molecular structures and these fibers we’re talking about are stronger than steel…Those fibers would then be used to create those 3D printed objects.” WCSH News, Jan 27, 2017.

Study: Make big changes to energy rules to aid Maine’s struggling loggers
“Maine’s forest products industry…has been hit by several paper mill closures in the last five years. The biomass industry has provided loggers a market for some of their low-grade wood, while they send other wood fiber out to make into wood pulp or sawlogs. A group that studied Maine’s biomass industry has recommended that lawmakers extend state renewable energy purchasing requirements and urged policymakers to take a broad view of the state’s forest economy for ways to help.” (Jan 3, 2017)

Maine looking for rainmaker to revive forest markets
Five paper mills have closed in Maine within the last two years..Maine is the most heavily forested state in the US, competition from Canada amongst others cited, some anti-Obama stuff. Looking to biofuels and such for solutions.(Dec 1, 2016)

Maine Spreading Invasive Pest Outreach To All 16 Counties.
“Maine’s state government is giving money to a pair of groups to tackle the problem of invasive forest pests… the efforts will help with early detection of pests such as the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, winter moth and others.” (Nov 30, 2016)

Canadian wood imports are up 20 percent this year
Bangor Daily News Dec 16, 2016. “The influx of Canadian timber in the United States continues to add fuel to a trade dispute with big implications for Maine’s forest products industry. (Your house was likely built with Canadian lumber and it’s reigniting a trade war)”

“Old Growth” Forests Defined by Key Ecological Characteristics
Dec 20, 2016 in Forests for Maine’s Future. Some stats about OG forests in Maine and an informative overview of what we mean by “old growth”