Maine Forest Products Council

A new poll released by the Critical Insights marketing group of Portland concludes that nearly half of all Mainers surveyed believe the forest products industry remains vital to the state's economy.

"We just wanted to culminate all those stories into the findings of our research question that we put out there, just to show people that we indeed are a big part of the economic engine of Maine," said Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council.

LEWISTON, Maine - A new report finds that Maine's forest products industry supports more than 33,000 jobs and will contribute about $8.5 billion to the state's economy this year, despite recent job losses and mill closures.