Maine TREE joined with the University of Maine’s Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, the Maine Woodland Owners and the Maine Forest Service to launch Forests For Maine’s Future, an ongoing project to help promote sustainable forestry and educate people about the benefits and wonders of the forest that covers some 90 percent of our state. Starting in 2006, the collaboration encouraged print and broadcast media coverage of forest-related topics such as hurricane-resistant wood composites being developed at the University of Maine in Orono. The group sponsored Forestry Fairs in 2006, 2008 and 2009 in Portland.
Since these early days, the Forests For Maine’s Future coalition established www.forestsformainesfuture.org, to provide a platform for a professionally written free monthly electronic feature article about different aspects of Maine’s forests, forest-based economy and the communities whose livelihoods are dependent upon them. The FMF archive contains over 80 articles authored by Joe Rankin over the years; it is a remarkable compendium of journalism that covers many topics related to Maine’s forest ecology, forest products economics and communities that depend upon the forest. Currently, approximately 5,000 readers subscribe and Maine TREE is working with our network to attract interest from a wider audience.