Passadumkeag – As Maine continues fighting to maintain their leadership in the 8.5 billion dollar Forest Products Industry, a team of officials is ready to move forward with nine key strategies to make Maine a competitive force.
The Passadumkeag Lumberyard was the previous site of the Diamond International Sawmill, and now it serves as a reminder of the many lumber closures around the state. Wednesday EDAT, a special team of officials chosen to asses the industry chose the lumberyard to share their ideas on how to get mills such as this one back to its original glory.
“When we came in August, we had a chance to see the full spectrum of the forest economy. From the land, to the logging operations, to the woodlands, where we are today” said Mark Erskin. This was the last trip for President Obama’s appointed Assistant Secretary of Commerce, who was chosen to present EDAT’s recommendations, focusing on the first key point in particular. “The first one, the road map which is the road map for the resurgence of the industry. That’s the one were supporting with the most resources” said Erskin.
All nine of the strategies presented will be explored with the help of UMaine’s forest resources. In a joint statement, Maine’s Senators and Congressional leaders said they hope these strategies will help drive economic growth in the forest economy, and create good paying jobs in rural Maine.