Maine Loggers - January 31, 2023

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FRA Forestry Forum Meeting Announcement - February 2, 2023


Thursday, February 2, 2023 


Jeff’s Catering -15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, Maine


5:30 - 6:15 PM - Social “Hour”

6:15 – 7:00 PM – Buffet Dinner

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Forum Speaker and Discussion


$25 for Members and $35 for Non-Members - Payable at the door. 

Payment via cash, check or credit card.


Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, January 31, 2023 to assure an accurate head count for meals!


Building a Biorefinery in Maine – Biofine’s Plans for Lincoln

Michael Cassata, Chief Development Officer of Biofine Technology, will join us to speak about his firm’s plans to build a biorefinery in Maine, using wood to create a liquid fuel that can be used in place of heating oil, as well as many higher-value applications.  The firm has been operating pilot plants in Maine for over a decade, including currently at the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute at the Old Town pulp mill.  They now have plans to construct a biorefinery at the former mill site in Lincoln, using wood from local loggers and landowners.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the company, their timeline, and how they will fit into the region’s forest economy. 

Lunch With a Forester: Tree Growth Tax Law Webinar


February 21, 2023


12-1 PM


Virtual via Teams (Information below on how to join)


Join Maine Forest Service and Maine Revenue Services for a presentation and Q&A session covering, Tree Growth Tax Law. After attending the webinar, participants should understand the benefits and obligations of Maine's Tree Growth Tax Law, as well as the penalties for removing land from the program.

This webinar is part of the ‘Lunch With a Forester’ series. Access to a computer or smart device is required to attend. Everyone is welcome.  

For questions about the webinar or Tree Growth Tax Law, please contact

How to join this session:

Join the meeting on your computer, mobile app, or room device  

Meeting ID: 277 037 780 717 Passcode: ZT6BfR

Download Teams | Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

+1 207-209-4724,,637748934#   United States, Portland

Phone Conference ID: 637 748 934#

Forestry tools to help locate and protect Globally Imperiled species in Maine

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Maine’s Forest Community -

To elevate awareness and protections of globally and critically imperiled species or Forest of Exceptional Conservation Value (FECVs) in Maine, The Maine SFI Implementation Committee working with Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) and Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have developed a process and tools to quickly identify potential conflicts for forestry operations with FECVs. The good news is that there are not that many FECVs in Maine as compared to many places which should make our work easier.

To help you determine if your planned forestry activity might overlap with an FECV, MNAP and IF&W we have created two tools; A list of towns that have FECVs, and a zoomable map showing approximate locations. Both of these can be accessed at:  

In addition, ME’s SFI Implementation Committee has developed two tools to help explain the process that MNAP and IF&W developed to check for FECVs.  Using the map and list of towns, you can help determine if planned forestry activities could intersect with FECVs. These tools are a two-page downloadable document and a ten minute video that explain the process of how to check for FECVs in relation to planned forestry activities. Both tools can be accessed at:    

Protecting the globally significant species and their habitats whose existence is threatened should be everyone’s responsibility. We hope the tools provided here will make these efforts easier for you to achieve.  

Maine’s SFI Implementation Committee