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Commercial Forest Products begins forest stewardship project in Maine

Commercial Forest Products of Fontana, Calif., recently completed the acquisition of 150 acres of forestland in Harrington, Maine. The company is collaborating with the Maine Forest Service on a forest management plan for the long-term improvement of red maple and white pine density on the land.

"This annexation allows us to vertically integrate while taking an active role in forest stewardship. The timber harvested from this project will be distributed in a woods-to-warehouse format similar to the way that farm-to-table restaurants present their meals," Stephen Ondich, the company’s operations manager, said in a statement. "The timber we bring to market will come with a well-documented provenance."

Proceeds from the harvest will be used to create access paths to environmentally significant areas for use by educators. These areas will be preserved and open to the public, according to the company.

Commercial Forest Products will document the transition process from unmanaged to managed forestland for educational purposes.

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