Maine’s Public Estate and Conservation Lands

This short report summarizes the history of Maine’s public and conservation lands.  The  “Nineteen percent” document (Powerpoint) is a brief summary of the story.  I hope you find these useful.

 

Nineteen Percent of Maine in Conservation – how

Maine Pub Est & Cons Lands Oct 13 2015

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Sept 29 presentation on Street Smart Marketing for Forest Products.

Ag Choice 2015 Present Version

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MAINE’S PUBLIC LANDS TIMBER POLICYMAKERS SUMMARY

Sep 4, 2015

Management policies and timber cut levels on Maine’s state-managed public lands has been a domain of  insiders, specialists and policy wonks and received little public attention.  They are now on the front pages.  How did these issues get there?  Not by environmental protests, lawsuits, or industry discontent, but by moves by a change-minded governor to micromanage and rebuild state programs according to his own notions of how things should be done.

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Bigelow Preserve

 

The story’s many strands defy a quick summary, but here is a starter list of things you might want to look to for information.

Maine Public Lands Issues 2015

 

Maine’s Public Land Timber Controversies

List of Information Resources

This note is intended as a short primer and cannot fully discuss all issues. If you need to drill deeper, here are some places to start:

Lloyd C. Irland, “Maine’s Public Lands — How can the revenues be used?,  How much timber should be cut? Do we need to change how they are managed?   Unpublished paper, Sep 4, 2015.  Irland Group, Wayne, Maine  13 pp.

 

www.researchgate.net/publication/281464851_Maine%27s_Public_Lands

Bangor Daily News, Editorial.  “Maine can’t cut more trees from its public forests on a whim”    Aug 14, 2015.

BPL 2000.  Integrated Resource Policy.

BPL  2014 Lands Annual Report

Department of Conservation, June 10, 2015.  “Re-inventory shows Maine Public lands under harvested”   Augusta.  Includes letter from E. Bowling of Sewall Company analyzing inventory data.

“Public lands caught in vise” Central Maine Newspapers, Mar 22, 2015, p. B4

Maine Forest Products Council Newsletter Mar 19 summarizes a number of stories including one on the Committee hearing.

Christine Parrish, Logjam – questions arise about over-cutting timber on Maine’s public lands.

Story (source misplaced)  Jan 29, 2015.

Forest Guild. June 15, 2015.  Forest Guild Statement on Maine Forest Policy.

http://www.forestguild.org/publications/policy/Position_2015_ME_Forest_policy.pdf

Irland and Barringer, 2015.  “In land we trust” Maine Sunday Telegram May 3d.  Insight section p. D-1.

http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/03/commentary-proposed-use-of-revenue-from-maines-managed-lands-raises-concerns/

Irland, “Policies for Maine’s public lands: a long-term view,” In: Maine Choices, 1999.  Augusta: Maine Center on Economic Policy.  pp. 7-21.

Opinion of the Attorney General. 1992.  1992 Me. AG LEXIS 7.

Opinion of the Justices.  308 A 2d 253 (1973) decided June 21, 1973.

Kevin Miller,  “Panel guts LePage’s timber harvest plan”. Kennebec Journal,  Apr 18, 2105,  p. 1.

KJ Staff,  “Saviello, Hickman, named  co-chairmen of land management fund commission”.  Kennebec Journal, Aug 27.

NRCM.  5.7.2015.  “Public lands income. Operating expenses, and account balances”.  Augusta.   Financial data from 2010 to 2014.

Sherwood, D. Assessing Maine’s certified sustainable harvest.  Seymoursherwood13full.pdf.   http://www.nsrcforest.org

A good newsclip file is on the Facebook Page of the Friends of Maine’s Public Lands.    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Maine-Public-Lands/1606645459549774

 

 

Irland Group Sep 4, 2015.

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