Past Conference Events

All Things Wood Expo 2008
Saturday April 26th, 2008
10:00am-4:00pm – Portland Exposition Building

With more than 90 percent of its land area covered by trees, Maine is the most heavily forested state in the country. Forests provide thousands of jobs, abundant clean water, critical wildlife habitat and a host of other benefits to Maine people. They are the foundation of Maine’s wood products, outdoor recreation and tourism industries. They define the Maine way of life.

To celebrate the many benefits provided by the state’s 17 million acres of woodlands, Forests for Maine’s Future will host the second annual All Things Woods Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Portland Exposition Building.  Fifty exhibitors and a full day of activities for children and adults are planned. Admission is free.  The Chewonki Foundation, Maine Discovery Museum and Tanglewood 4-H Camp will offer woods-oriented activities for kids. Visit with live owls, see meat-eating plants and hear about other wild wonders. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with Smokey the Bear.  Adults can learn about geo-caching, spring mushrooms, backyard birds and much more. The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum will talk about old-time logging, and “Timber” Tina Scheer of “Survivor” will demonstrate her skills with axes and saws.  Exhibitors will include wood products firms, conservation organizations, outdoor recreation businesses, forest management companies and many others.

Research Partners, Government Officials to Discuss Biofuels Grant
UMaine research receives $30M grant
Tuesday April 22nd, 2008
9:00 am – Buchanan Alumni House

OLD TOWN — The three institutions that received a $30 million Department of Energy R&D grant on Friday will host a Tuesday, April 22 forum to celebrate the grant and discuss its economic development implications. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Red Shield Environmental facility in Old Town.

DOE announced on Friday that it will fund the project, which involves a partnership among Red Shield Environmental, the University of Maine and American Process Incorporated. The partners will create, at the former paper mill site in Old Town, a near-commercial scale demonstration plant to make ethanol from forest-based biomass. The project will continue the research work being conducted by UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and will move that research closer to commercialization.

Jack Cashman, Gov. Baldacci’s senior economic adviser, will represent the governor at Tuesday’s event, and the members of Maine’s Congressional delegation have been invited, as have local legislators. UMaine President Robert Kennedy will share his perspectives on this landmark grant, as will UMaine researchers and students, along with representatives of Red Shield Environmental and American Process Incorporated.

The event will also include tours of the facility and information about how it will be modified to create ethanol from forest-based biomass.

This award is the largest grant ever involving University of Maine research and certainly one of the largest for any academic or research organization in the state.

The Northeast BioProducts Puzzle
Conference sponsored by Forest Products Society and FBRI
Thursday October 18th, 2007

Over the last few years there have been countless seminars, workshops, and conferences focused on the “BIO” industry. Biomass-Bioenergy-Bioproducts-Bioeconomy… and the list goes on. What more could be said?…

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