ORONO (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci had an upbeat message for Maine’s paper industry at a two-day conference.

Speaking on the opening day of Paper Days 2009 Wednesday in Orono, Baldacci said he sees reason for hope for the state industry.

Baldacci said Maine remains the second-largest paper producer in the nation, and the production level in Maine is higher than ever.

The governor said value added products, produced in a sustainable way, are the future of the forest products industry in Maine. He said pulp and paper contribute nearly $1.5 billion to the gross state product and represent 20 percent of state exports.

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