About 90 percent of Maine is forested, the highest percentage of any state.

Forest Industry at a Glance…

  • Maine is one of the largest forest product manufacturing states in the US.
  • Maine’s commercial forests cover 16.8 million acres (6.8 million hectares) of land.
  • Northern hardwoods such as American beech, yellow birch, sugar maple, and spruce-fir make up over 75% of the forest cover.

Diverse Companies in Maine’s Pulp & Paper Industry

Education, Research, and Innovation

The University of Maine has one of the most respected forestry programs in North America. Advanced engineering programs offer research capabilities in biorefining and wood composites research, while testing labs support industrial pulp and paper production and transformation.

Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) is located within the University of Maine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. The resources at FBRI include creating and commercializing new bioproducts such as biochemicals, biofuels and advanced materials.

Strong Forest Products Sector

  • 94% of Maine’s commercial forests are owned by individual/families, corporate investors, and businesses.
  • The forest products sector and supporting industries have an estimated $8 billion in annual economic output, and represent 1 out of every 20 jobs in the state.
  • Maine exported more than $627 million in wood, pulp, and paper products in 2016.
  • Diverse products are fabricated at Maine pulp and paper mills including coated paper, specialty paper, corrugated cardboard, tissue products, pulp, and release paper.