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Maine Development Foundation


FOR/Maine (Forest Opportunity Roadmap / Maine), formerly known as the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative, is a unique cross-sector collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and non-profits, which have come together to realize the next generation of Maine’s great forest economy.

The coalition was created in response to global changes in the forest products markets, to assess Maine’s current industry, assets and readiness, and determine a strategy to capitalize on new opportunities. FOR/Maine works with scores of industry, community, research, investment and government stakeholders to conduct coordinated research and strategy, and harness extensive global expertise as part of a long-term, U.S. Economic Development Administration-backed effort to strengthen Maine’s $8.5-billion, 33,000-job forest economy and position the state as a leader in emerging global forest product markets.

Our Work

FOR/Maine research is aimed at ascertaining ways to strengthen Maine’s existing forest products businesses, attract capital investments, and develop greater economic prosperity for Maine’s rural communities. Among the reports FOR/Maine is working on:

  • A global market analysis aimed at identifying current and emerging global demand for forest products, and the markets where Maine is likely to be most competitive. This will also enable FOR/MAINE to identify the necessary policy and industry changes to keep Maine forest products competitive.
  • A wood supply analysis aimed at determining Maine’s current and potential wood supply and how it can meet global demands.
  • A Forest Economy Strategic Plan that will identify the global forest products markets Maine can best compete in and the actions necessary to create a more diverse forest economy and increase our economic output.


For More Information

To learn more about the process or outcomes of FOR/Maine, contact Program Director Sarah Curran at SCurran@MDF.org.

Additional info:
(links to download)

FOR/Maine Overview

Press Release May 8, 2018


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