Protecting Livelihoods and Landscapes in Northern Maine

Thursday Evening, March 13 and Friday, March 14, 2008

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Maine Environmental Assessment

Colby College Lake Studies

Colby Green initiatives

Schwartz, Theberge, and Sinnott. Land and Resource Use in the Unorganized Territory.



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About The Conference

Recent decades have witnessed accelerating changes in landownership, the forest products industry, conservation and public access in Maine’s Unorganized Territory.   More than 90% of the state’s 17.7 million acres of forestland are in private ownership, mostly in the northern part of the state.  State regulatory and zoning authority over the Unorganized Territory has led to contentious disputes among owners, gateway communities, the state government and, conservation groups.   Colby’s Environmental Studies Program and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement seek to encourage thoughtful discussion about the long-term future of Northern Maine by convening diverse representatives of major private and public interests.

Panel 1: 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's Essay by Alan Hutchinson
Compilation of Audience Questions, by Steve Tatko, Colby '10

Panel 2: 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 exercises land use authority on 130,000 acres of trust and fee lands, mostly in Northern 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's Summary by Jeff Pidot
Compilation and Summary of Audience Questions, by Emily Sinnot, Colby '08

Panel 3: 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 Northern Maine is owned by individuals. How will these economic and conservation interests work with government in shaping the future of Northern Maine?
Moderator's Synopsis and Trend Data by Darby Bradley
Compilation and Summary of Audience Questions, by Aime Schwartz, Colby '08

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