Our timberlands are rightly considered one of the region’s most important resources. In Maine, forests cover 89 percent of the state and contribute approximately $8.5 billion to the economy annually. Preti Flaherty has built a reputation successfully representing paper mills, saw mills, lumber companies, land management companies and industrial land owners with legal issues that are unique to the region we call home and its forest products and timberlands industries.

Leaders in Land Use

Our forest products attorneys orchestrate complex forest products and timberlands transactions and help clients secure state and federal funding. Our clients turn to us for assistance navigating a variety of issues, including:

  • Forest products and timberlands transactions including operating agreements, wood supply agreements and underwriting of timberland titles
  • Acquisitions or dispositions of mills and processing facilities, as well as timberlands in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Permitting of pulp and paper mills and associated energy assets as well as assistance in navigating state, regional and federal regulatory systems
  • Environmental permits related to air and water emissions, solid and hazardous waste issues and site law
  • Management of client energy needs and opportunities, including connecting clients with grants and incentive funding for energy projects
  • Immigration applications and appeals, Canadian work visas, H2A/H2B issues
  • Securing of financing, representation of borrowers in lending transactions, and assistance with bankruptcy and collection matters
  • Legislative and agency lobbying, campaign and strategic government relations management

Standing Side by Side in Growth

Despite the recent closure of several paper mills, the forest products industry is expanding – investments are being made in facilities, the housing market is growing, and lawmakers and large landowners are working with the industry to ensure its continued growth. At a time that is ripe with possibility, our forest products attorneys serve as a strategic partner ready to leverage opportunity and propel growth. One recent example includes working with a locally owned lumber mill and assisting with securing grants to both develop a highly-efficient, cost-cutting biomass-fueled cogeneration plant and begin a $20 million facilities expansion. We also recently assisted a paper company client in successfully overcoming the challenges of acquisition, permitting and start-up of an idled paper mill in Maine.

From mill or timberland sales and acquisitions to energy or permitting issues, Preti Flaherty attorneys fully understand the current trends in the forest products industry and work together to provide legal services reflecting that which makes this industry, these natural resources, and this region, so unique.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

The Maine Monitor Sues York County for Jail Call Records

On August 2, The Maine Monitor filed a lawsuit against York County, challenging the County's denial of reporter access to public records that may detail times it has recorded confidential conversations between defendants being held at the...

Press Coverage

In Reversal, Maine CDC Will Allow "Advocacy Journalists" into Next COVID-19 Briefing

Following an announcement by Gov. Janet Mills, representatives from the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine Policy Institute will be allowed to attend and participate in the weekly livestream COVID-19 briefings presented by the Maine Center for Disease...

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Employees Who Refuse to Comply with a Mandatory Vaccination Policy are Generally Ineligible to Receive Unemployment Benefits

Following a nationwide spike in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, an increasing number of Maine private businesses and colleges have joined the healthcare industry in requiring workers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine...

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Legislative Alert: Special Session, Redistricting, and Cloture

The Legislature gathered for a Special Session last week, September 29 th , to vote on legislative redistricting. The final agreement passed successfully and with strong bipartisan support in both the House and the...

Event

Kenneth Rubinstein and Anthony Manhart to Present on Modifying AIA Contract Documents

AIA contract documents are the industry standard for managing contractual relationships in construction and design projects. Despite this widespread use, the contracts often contain holes and fail to protect the interests of particular clients...

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Law360 Names Matt Warner 2021 Cannabis MVP

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group member Matt Warner was recently named one of Law360's 2021 MVPs in the field of Cannabis. Matt distinguished himself with his pioneering work challenging medical marijuana residency...

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Legal Lunches: Workin' for the Weekend

Laura Rideout and John Cronan will participate in a panel discussion called "Workin' for the Weekend: Team Safety Including Wage & Hour, OSHA and Workers' Comp in a Post-COVID World" as a part of...

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Beyond Maine’s Ban-the-Box Statute: Practical Employer Considerations

In five (5) days, Maine’s Fair Chance Employment Act goes into effect.  We originally summarized the objective and impact of that legislation in an alert posted on August 11, 2021 .  Now is the...

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Nineteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2021 Super Lawyers

Nineteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including eleven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

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Dan Walker to Present on Maine Cannabis Law and Policy at Cumberland Bar Association

Preti Flaherty attorney and Cannabis Business Group chair Dan Walker will present on the topic "Maine Cannabis Law and Policy: Review of Current Status and Updates to Maine’s Two Cannabis Programs – Medical and...