Forestry Policies (Maine)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Maine|
|Name||Forestry Policies (Maine)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations|
|Implementing Sector|| State/Province
|Program Administrator||Maine Department of Conservation, Forest Service|
|Primary Website|| http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/mfs/state_assessment/index.html
| Last Substantive Modification
|Information Source|| Biomass Retention Guidelines: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/archive/pubs/biomass_retention_guidelines.html
Assessment of Sustainable Biomass Activity: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=543187&an=1 MFS Policy information: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/archive/woodswise/services.html
Maine has diverse forest lands which support a diverse and strong forest products industry. The vast majority of forest lands in the state are privately owned. The Maine Forest Service completed its State Forest Assessment and Strategy in 2010, a plan that includes the goal of enhanced benefit from the production of renewable energy using wood and wood wastes.
The combination of markets including a growing biomass energy industry and increased wood heating have created significant demand for wood material in Maine. The Maine Forest Service together with the University of Maine issued its "Woody Biomass Retention Guidelines" in 2010. This document provides recommendation on the sustainable harvest of forest residues.
In 2008 the Maine Forest Service issued its "Assessment of Sustainable Biomass Activity" which included identification and quantification of unutilized forestry residues.
|Department|| Maine Forest Service
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:|| Maine Forest Practices Act
|Authority 2:|| Forest Regeneration and Clearcutting Standards
|Authority 3:|| Maine’s Tree Growth Tax Law