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Maine Development Foundation

FOR/Maine (Forest Opportunity Roadmap / Maine), 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.

FOR/Maine is convening scores of industry, community, research, investment and government stakeholders to conduct coordinated research, formulate 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. Among the reports FOR/Maine will release by year’s end are:

  • 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 analysisaimed 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/Maine is also working closely with leadership in forest communities, including the six towns in Maine that have had mills close in recent years. The coalition is actively involved in efforts to diversify economic opportunities for these communities, supporting efforts to redevelop mill sites, provide more resources for brownfield cleanup and improve broadband access in rural areas.

The Maine Development Foundation is honored to serve as the convening agent for this exciting and collaborative effort. MDF is a non-partisan, independent leader in building public-private, cross-sector partnerships aimed toward driving economic growth statewide and improving the lives of all Mainers.  We are thrilled to work with family businesses, the Department of Commerce, the Maine Congressional delegation, and our industry and community partners to leverage the potential of Maine’s forests and together capitalize on the opportunities Maine has to be a leader in the global forest-products market.

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To learn more about the process or outcomes of FOR/Maine, contact Program Director Sarah Curran.

Additional info: (links to download)

FOR/Maine Overview

Press Release May 15, 2018


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FOR/Maine (Forest Opportunity Roadmap/MAINE)


Phone 207-622-6345