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THURSDAY, MARCH 13:   Evening Session



7:00 -8:15PM              Keynote speech - Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building - Public Invited

               Dr. Sally Fairfax

               Henry J. Vaux Distinguished Professorship of Forest Policy

               University of California, Berkeley  

“Protecting Large Working Landscapes: Models and Cautionary Tales"


8:15-9:00PM             *Dessert Reception - Atrium, Diamond Building



FRIDAY, MARCH 14:  Page Commons Room, Cotter Union - all day


7:30 - 8:30 AM          Registration

             Continental Breakfast Provided  


Morning Session    

8:30 - 8:45 AM         Opening Song and Remarks by Peter Sly, Mellon Fellow in Environment and Justice

             Some Challenges in Natural Resource Dispute Resolution


8:45-10:15 AM           Panel:   Issues and Decision Scenarios

In light of recent trends, new issues are emerging in Northern Maine, including the future of the forest products industry, conservation of large landscapes, public access, jobs, housing and infrastructure in gateway communities.   This panel will consider future prospects for private and public management of Northern Maine. 

Moderator:      Alan Hutchinson, Forest Society of Maine



Cathy Johnson, Natural Resources Council of Maine

Mark Lapping, Muskie School

Steve Weems, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.


Moderator's Essay by Alan Hutchinson


10:15-10:30 AM         Break


10:30-12:00 Noon       Panel:  The Roles of Government

As a landowner, regulator and taxing authority, government can play a major role in land management in northern Maine.   State ownership of fee land and easements has recently increased.   The Penobscot Nation exercies land use authority on 130,000 acres of trust and fee lands, mostly in Norhern Maine. County governments also have different interests than the state in the Unorganized Territory. This panel will consider how many different governments can work with landowners and other private parties in Northern Maine.

Moderator:  Jeff Pidot, former chief of Natural Resources for Maine Attorney General



John Banks, Penobscot Indian Nation

Robert Dunphy, Somerset County Commissioner

John Echeverria, Georgetown University Law Center

Moderator's Summary by Jeff Pidot



12:00 Noon-1:15 PM  *Luncheon, social time


Afternoon Session

1:15-2:45 PM              Panel:  The Roles of Private Entities

Large landowners have long shaped economic, environmental and public access management in Northern Maine.   Recent ownership changes have broadened the types of owners from the forest products industry to include investors, conservation groups and recreational developers.   Conservation easements are now in place for several large areas. An increasing portion of Norhern Maine is owned by iindividuals. How will these economic and conservation interests work with government in shaping the future of Northern Maine? 

Moderator: Darby Bradley, Vermont Land Trust 



Orlando Delogu, University of Maine School of Law

Tom Doak, Small Woodland Owners of Maine 

Steve Schley, Pingree Associates  


Moderator's Synopsis and Trend Data by Darby Bradley


2:45-3:00 PM              Break


3:00-4:15 PM              Panel:  Wrap-up and Summary


Moderator: Dr. Sally Fairfax


Participants:   Darby Bradley, Doug Denico, Alan Hutchinson, and Jeff Pidot



* This event is ticketed and requires advanced sign up in order to participate. Please do not wait until you arrive at the conference to reserve a ticket. We cannot guarantee availability for those who have not registered prior to arrival.