2021 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour Underwriters Announced
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2021 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tour Underwriters Announced

Robbins Lumber and Pleasant River Lumber Headline Growing List of Supporters Maine TREE is proud to announce that Robbins Lumber and Pleasant River Lumber, two Maine-based family-owned companies, are the lead underwriters for 2021 Forests of Maine Teachers’ Tours. The nationally acclaimed Teachers’ Tours, emulated by several other states since its creation, is entering its 24th…

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Maine Wood Manufacturers are still an Important Part of the Economy

They produce gun stocks, flooring, cedar shingles, log homes, wooden playsets. They make cigar tips, wooden pack baskets, doors and staircases. Cutting boards and chairs, cabinets and baseball bats, grilling planks canoe paddles. Colorful wooden eggs made by Wells Wood Turning in Buckfield have been featured at the White House Easter Egg roll since 2006,…

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Maine Heritage Timber: Retrieving Old Growth Wood from a Lake

Tom Shafer’s business is mining trees. It’s not really harvesting; maybe re-harvesting. “Recovering a forgotten forest” is his company motto. He likes to think of it as mining. And Shafer’s not just selling lumber to panel offices, restaurants and your home den or man cave. He’s selling history. He’s selling green. Shafer, a former stock…

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For This Wood Pellet Manufacturer, Small is Beautiful

Erik Carlson remembers exactly where he was when he got the idea of getting into the wood pellet manufacturing business. It was September of 2015 and he was emptying a bag of pellets into the stove at his home. He looked at the bag and noticed that the pellets were made in — Canada. Canada?…

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Bright spots in Maine’s forest products industry

New mills, investments and products help offset losses in some sectors By JOE RANKIN Forests for Maine’s Future Writer When Verso Paper Co. executives announced in October that the Bucksport paper mill would be closing Dec. 1, it sparked a familiar round: how to cope with the loss of tax revenue and the loss of…

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The Future of Forest Products in Maine Tour

New composites, nanocellulose coatings, liquid fuels are on the horizon By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer Dwane Hutto is obviously enjoying himself. He has just described a fairly complicated chemical process that started with ground up trees and produced a dark liquid in a vial that he holds high so everyone can see…

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Maine’s public lands: recreation, wildlife habitat, timber

These parcels aren’t as well known as the state’s parks, but that’s changing By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future Writer   When most people think about public lands in Maine, they think state parks like Mt. Blue or Two Lights. Or maybe Baxter State Park and Katahdin. Acadia National Park, maybe. But there is a…