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Empowering students to actively contribute to the vitality of our forested communities today and into the future

Program Overview

The MFC invites schools and communities in rural Central and Northern and Western Maine to engage in a collaborative teaching and learning partnership focused on:


  • honoring & building upon the knowledge, skills, & expertise of those working to sustain rural Maine’s forest economies

  • creating innovative ways to build enduring social capital in rural communities


  • educating students about how to engage in sustaining working forests & rural communities, emphasizing college & career readiness

Students, teachers, parents, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and community members will share and explore historical perspectives, learn about future job/career opportunities, and engage in innovative problem solving for the long-term viability of Maine’s diverse forest economy and rural communities.  A diverse forest economy includes the expansion of sustainable and profitable forest industries, long-term conservation planning, entrepreneurship, and enhancement of recreational opportunities that honor the rich heritage of the region.

Current Partner Schools

Dirigo High School, Dixfield

Alternative Education Science class, taught by Chris Araujo

Piscataquis High School, Guilford

Maine Forest Collaborative class 

Schenck High School, East Millinocket

Life Science class taught by JP Smith

Buckfield Jr./Sr. High School, Buckfield

Maine Forest Collaborative class taught by Caleb McNaughton


Greenville Consolidated School, Greenville

Environmental Science class taught by Selena Tardif 

Forest Hills School, Jackman

Environmental Science class taught by Evan Worster

Belfast Area High School, Belfast

Fish and Wildlife class taught by David Thomas & Solomon Heifetz

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