When the U.S. Senate passed an energy bill last month, most commentators praised it as an example of compromise between the major parties.
But a handful of critics have blasted the bill because of a bipartisan biomass amendment sponsored by Maine’s Susan Collins, a Republican, and co-sponsored by Maine independent Angus King and several of their colleagues. They want it deleted in the upcoming House-Senate conference committee. These critics don’t seem to understand the basics of today’s forest-based economy.
As a third-generation certified tree farmer, I’ve seen how Maine’s timber industry has changed since Pop and my grandmother started our tree farm in 1959. Back in the day, Maine had a thriving industry made up of large timber companies and small, family landowners.