"Cover Story" piece on public funds and conservation easements on private proper
"Cover Story" piece on public funds and conservation easements on private property. With special focus on two easement projects of historic scale that have placed Maine in uncharted territory: The Pingree family's no-development agreement on 754,673 acres, the largest private easement in the world, which is supposed to be completed by the end of this year, and the no-development-plus easement on McDonald Investment Corp.'s 656,000 acres, which is scheduled to be completed in the next 18 months. Activists critical of easements have charged they are little more than instruments of cosmetic conservation because they are hard to monitor and enforce and do not address most of the critical environmental agenda issues: How to ensure sustainable forestry, ecosystem integrity or biodiversity; how to enhance habitat for endangered and threatened species; and how to increase opportunities for non-motorized recreation and solitude.
Conservation easements, McDonald Investment Co Inc, Pingree family
Austin, Phyllis, ""Cover Story" piece on public funds and conservation easements on private proper" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4783.