AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Forest Service says timber harvesting activities in the state in 2009 were much lower than in previous years, and reflect the dreary economic conditions of the time.

That and other trends in Maine’s timber harvesting industry can be found in the Forest Service’s 2009 Silvicultural Activities and Stumpage Price reports.

The first report says the 394,100 total acres harvested last year was down 15 percent from the 2008 total of 463,200 acres. Acres clear-cut increased from 10,075 acres in 2008 to 14,866 in 2009. Clearcutting still amounts to less than 4 percent of the total harvested acres.

The second report reflects a downward trend in stumpage prices paid to landowners.