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Obama's Recent Executive Overreach Mangles Maine's Timber Economy

- September 21, 2016

MAINE'S 2nd DISTRICT SUFFERS SO THAT OBAMA CAN SCORE CHEAP POINTS WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS

President Obama's Recent Executive Power Grab Threatens Maine's Critically Important Timber Industry

In August, President Obama Took 87,500 Acres Of Maine Wilderness And Made It A Federally Protected National Monument. "Mr. Obama designated more than 87,500 acres of rugged terrain, donated by a founder of the Burt's Bees product line, as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, administered by the National Park Service, a day before the service's 100th anniversary." (Richard Pérez-Peña, "Obama Designates National Monument In Maine, To Dismay Of Some," The New York Times, 8/24/16)

  • The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Is Located In Maine's 2nd District. ("Maine's 2nd Congressional District," Govtrack.us, Accessed 9/20/16)

Obama's New Environmental Pet Project Is By Far The Largest Swath Of Federal Parkland In Maine. "It became by far the largest region of federal parkland in Maine, surpassing the 48,900-acre Acadia National Park on the coast." (Richard Pérez-Peña, "Obama Designates National Monument In Maine, To Dismay Of Some," The New York Times, 8/24/16)

Logging Groups And Maine Residents Overwhelmingly Opposed The Creation Of The Monument

Katahdin Woods And Waters National Monument Occupies An Area That Was Once "The Heart Of Maine's Logging And Papermaking Industry." "With a unilateral stroke of his pen, Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in an area that was once the heart of Maine's logging and papermaking industry, but now faces an uncertain economic future." (Kevin Miller, "New National Monument Established In Maine's North Woods, But Debate Rages On," Portland Press Herald, 8/27/16)

The Professional Logging Contractors, A Prominent Logging Trade Group, Has Come Out Definitively Opposed To The Obama Administration's Recent Designation. "Dana Doran, executive director of the trade group the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, said they were not surprised but were nonetheless disappointed with the monument designation." (Kevin Miller, "Making The National Monument A Natural Fit For Maine," Portland Press Herald, 8/28/16)

According To The Portland Press Herald The Logging Community Has A "Lengthy List Of Concerns" Including The Loss Of Access To Nearby Land And Increased Land Prices In The Area. "The logging community has a lengthy list of concerns, starting with the potential loss of access to neighboring commercial timberland if the new national monument sparks more development or drives up land prices." (Kevin Miller, "Making The National Monument A Natural Fit For Maine," Portland Press Herald, 8/28/16)

The Town Of Patten, Located Near The New National Monument, Opposed The Designation By A More Than 2-1 Margin. "While Patten's board of selectmen opted not to take a stance on the monument issue, town voters opposed Quimby's plan by a more than 2-1 margin earlier this year. The small town of roughly 1,000 residents is still home to multiple logging, trucking and wood products companies." (Kevin Miller, "Making The National Monument A Natural Fit For Maine," Portland Press Herald, 8/28/16)

The Timber Industry Is Critical To Maine's Economy

More Than Five-Sixths Of The State Is Forested, Allowing For A Healthy And Vital Timber Industry. "A majority of the state's population lives in rural areas.6 More than five-sixths of Maine is still forested, and forest products are both a major, energy-intensive industry and a major biomass resource supplying wood-derived fuels such as wood pellets." ("Profile Analysis," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 6/16/16)

Maine Has A Higher Concentration Of Logging And Forestry Jobs Than Any State. "Federal data show that Maine has a higher concentration of logging and forestry jobs than any state, beating out Washington for that title in 2015."(Darren Fishell, "Paper Mills Are Closing, But Maine's Economy Still Relies On Logging," Bangor Daily News , 9/19/16)

Logging And Forestry Contributed $882 Million To Maine's Economy In 2014 According To A Study Conducted By The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine. "The report by Doran's trade association, the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, illustrates what's at stake for a forest products economy that has logging at its roots. It estimates that logging and forestry contributed $882 million to Maine's economy in 2014, and employed more people than federal figures show. That estimate includes all of the industry's indirect impacts, such as wages in industries supplying logging and forestry businesses and household purchases with income wholly or partly dependent on the industry." (Darren Fishell, "Paper Mills Are Closing, But Maine's Economy Still Relies On Logging," Bangor Daily News , 9/19/16)

Approximately 11,000 Mainers Are Employed Directly And Indirectly By The Forestry And Logging Industry. "The PLC study, completed by the University of Maine, Farm Credit East and Northeast Forests LLC, estimated a large gap in that workforce data. It estimates that forestry and logging directly employs more than 4,600 people, twice the total in the federal data, with secondary employment of 7,342, including jobs in trucking, in 2014." (Darren Fishell, "Paper Mills Are Closing, But Maine's Economy Still Relies On Logging," Bangor Daily News , 9/19/16)

Timber Is Also Critical To Maine's Energy Sector

Maine Gets More Than A Quarter Of Its Electricity From Wood Based Biomass Electricity Production. "Biomass alone accounts for more than one-fourth of generation, the largest share of any state, placing Maine among the top U.S. producers of electricity from wood and wood waste-derived fuels, such as wood pellets." ("Profile Analysis," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 6/16/16)

Maine "Has The Highest Generation Per Capita Of Electricity From Biomass In The Nation" As A Result Of Its Timber Industry. "The state has the highest generation per capita of electricity from biomass in the nation,93 although recent low petroleum and natural gas prices have have reduced demand for wood fuels and led to some biomass plant closures." ("Profile Analysis," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 6/16/16)


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