A synopsis of the research, education and overall impact forestry and environmental science at the University of Maine have on the state and beyond.
The forest is important to every person in this state, whether their job is there, whether they recreate there, whether they just know that that beautiful forest is in their backyard.
A huge economic engine for the state of Maine.
18 to 20 cents out of every dollar that flows through the Maine economy.
Sandra De Urioste-Stone:
$8.3 billion generated by nature-based tourism.
The university, because of its land grant mission, stays focused on how natural resource management serves the state. All of that knowledge and resource is available to those who ask the right questions.
All this change, all the new technology, all the new ways of thinking about things rather than just keep doing it the old way. It’s a wonderful time to be part of.
The pulp and paper industry is still very, very strong here.
It’s one of the few places that you can take your idea from concept to commercialization all in one facility.
The deal is using the tree 100 percent.
And turning it into new products, like crude oil or bioplastics.
These are the materials of the next century.
Maine’s identity is tied to freshwaters around the state.
A drop of rain trickles down through a forest canopy, down the bowl of the trees into the soils and comes out a purer, more usable water. That has value to society.
The future sustainability of the Maine forest is dependent on its health.
Healthy forests require healthy populations of wildlife.
When the migratory fish are in fresh water they’re really forest creatures and are a critical part of how that seasonal breathing, in and out, of nutrients occurs.
Understanding how these birds are going to respond informs how all ecosystems are likely to respond to global change.
Maine is helping us create the kind of students that we need in order to be very savvy about technology.
We’re giving foresters better toolkits to do their job easier and much more efficient over a larger scale.
Sandra De Urioste-Stone:
We’re linked. We cannot be separated from the environment. All that we do is going to eventually influence — positively or negative — how the system is going to function.
The forest is Maine.
The beauty of Maine is that we have a sustainably managed forest, a large amount that’s right there, that’s close to big markets.
We’re incredibly blessed that the university stays focused on its land grant mission. One of the things that we have and are very fortunate about is, if not the top forestry school in the country it’s top five, for sure. It has been for years. The university recognizes that and won’t let it go. We won’t let them let it go. It’s a real advantage to the state.