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Pingree Announces $1.6 Million to Support Maine Logging and Forest Products Industries

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $1.6 million in federal Wood Innovations and Community Wood Grant Program funding for Maine. Announced as part of a $74 million investment for 171 projectsnationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service, funding for three projects in Maine will help bring production back to the Jay Mill, expand the…

VIDEO: In Interior Appropriations Hearing, Ranking Member Pingree Says Severe Maine Storms Highlight Important Need for Forest Service Disaster Funding

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In a House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee budget hearing for the U.S. Forest Service today, Ranking Member Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) called attention to the severe storms Maine has endured in recent months, which have impacted local economies, infrastructure, and forests.  “Maine’s logging industry suffered more than $2.6…

Pingree Praises Biden Admin. Investment in Maine Bioforestry with Establishment of New Tech Hub

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today welcomed news from the Biden-Harris Administration that Maine will be home to one of the nation’s first Tech Hubs. The Forest Bioproducts Advanced Manufacturing Tech Hub, led by the Maine Technology Institute, was designated as one of 31 Tech Hubs in regions across the country, authorized by the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act.…

Pingree, Timmons Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Invest in Climate-Forward Forestry Practices

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman William Timmons (R-S.C.) today introduced the Rural Forest Markets Act, bipartisan legislation to help small-scale, family forest owners and states forestry agencies access new economic opportunities and develop solutions to mitigate the climate crisis.  “The extreme heat, wildfires, and weather events the country has…

King, Pingree Urge Biden Administration to Protect Maine’s Forest Economy by Cracking Down on Illegal Wood Imports

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U.S. Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree are calling on the Biden administration to stop illegal wood imports that harm Maine’s forest products industry. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, the Maine lawmakers highlight the importance of taking on the illegal wood trade, call attention to the slow enforcement of existing laws, and urge rapid…

Delegation Announces $385 Million to Support Maine Farmers, Loggers and Mitigate Climate Change

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $385 million in nine projects that will benefit Maine’s forest products and agriculture industries while helping to combat climate change. The grants, which were awarded under the Partnerships for Climate-Smart…

Collins, Golden Lead Call for Additional Funding for Oversubscribed Loggers Relief Program

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WASHINGTON —Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led seven of their colleagues, including Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), to press House and Senate appropriators to include additional funding for the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Haulers and Harvesters (PATHH) Program in upcoming government funding legislation. The PATHH…

King, Pingree Announce Two Maine Finalists for $100 Million 21st Century Development Grants

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree today announced that the University of Maine-Forest Opportunity Roadmap/Maine (FOR/Maine) Coalition and Northeastern University’s Coalition – which includes the Maine-based Roux Institute and FocusMaine – are finalists and in the running for the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s…

Pingree, Kuster Introduce Bill to Double Grant Funding Available to Forest Product & Wood Innovation Industries

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WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Annie Kuster (D-New Hampshire) today introduced the bicameral Community Wood Facilities Assistance Act, legislation to bolster the United States Forest Service (USFS)’s popular Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant Program (CWEWIP), which is currently oversubscribed. The bill would double CWEWIP funds…

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