Forestry Policies (Maine)

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Place Maine


   
Applies to States or Provinces Maine
Name Forestry Policies (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes

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 Review 2014-05-30
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary
2014-05-30

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


Summary

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.



Policy Contact

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


















References