Title

Maine's 20-year-old Land for Maine's Future program (LMF) has preserved more tha

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

9-1-2007

Pages

54-59, 84-85

Abstract

Maine's 20-year-old Land for Maine's Future program (LMF) has preserved more than 440,000 acres of forest, farm, and shorefront and helped build and support local land trusts. Alarm bells about diminishing protected lands in Maine started ringing in the late 1970s. In 1987, a Governor's Commission on Outdoor Recreation went beyond its mandate and spawned a ground-breaking $35-million conservation bond that voters resoundingly approved. Nothing similar had ever been attempted anywhere, and since then, LMF has gained a hard-won reputation for its rigorous and impartial process. LMF's funding will soon go before voters again.

Subjects

Land for Maine's Future Board

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