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
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
Penobscot Indian Nation
Somerset County Commissioner
John Echeverria, Georgetown University Law Center
Moderator's Summary by Jeff Pidot
12:00 Noon-1:15 PM *Luncheon, social time
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?
Bradley, Vermont Land Trust
Orlando Delogu, University of Maine School of Law
Tom Doak, Small Woodland Owners
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.