Title

"Focus: Environment" piece on Maine's land trusts, which are struggling to conse

Authors

Joseph Thompson

Source

Mainebiz

Date

6-27-2005

Pages

20-21

Abstract

"Focus: Environment" piece on Maine's land trusts, which are struggling to conserve land in the face of dwindling state money and a competitive fundraising environment. Rising development pressure and the ongoing turnover of former forestlands is making competition more intense. Maine's land trusts are especially reliant on state funding, namely the Land for Maine's Future (LMF) program. The state has not granted LMF with fresh funding since 1999, and staffers say that decreasing account might mean permanent lost opportunities. There are 100 land trusts in Maine, with 230,000 acres of land conserved through purchase, and 1.2 million acres under conservation easement.

Subjects

Land for Maine's Future Board, Land trusts, Land use

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