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FOREST CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Forest Certification in Maine
The Maine Forest Certification Initiative
Maine is the national leader in forest certification, with 37% of the state’s productive forestlands certified. Eighty-seven percent of Maine’s certified forestlands involve private industrial and non-industrial parcels larger than 5,000 acres. By contrast, only 5% of certified forestland is on private parcels smaller than 5,000 acres; the remaining 8% is on lands owned by the state of Maine. In addition, Maine’s first-in-the-nation Master Logger Certification program has certified over 100 loggers.
In July 2003, Governor John E. Baldacci launched the Maine Forest Certification Initiative and directed the Maine Forest Service to establish a Certification Advisory Committee. The purpose of this initiative was to “help grow Maine’s forest industry by distinguishing Maine products in the marketplace while improving forest management on –the-ground. The Committee was charged with developing recommendations in four areas:
In addition, the Committee recommended a supplementary goal: To complement and supplement the Governor’s goal of 10 million acres of certified forestland, the state of Maine and Maine's forest products industry should seek to increase the volume of wood from certified sources to 60 percent of the statewide total by the end of 2009 and to ensure that buyers desiring to secure even higher percentages from Maine sources are able to do so.
Currently some 7 million acres of forestland in Maine is certified by various systems, including approximately 500,000 acres of public land, 6 million acres of large-parcel private lands, and 350,000 acres of small –parcel private lands.
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