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Spotlights - UMaine Releases Future of Maine’s Forests Report

After decades of debate over forest policy, an 18-month study led by Professor Bruce Wiersma has brought together diverse interests to develop a shared vision for the Maine Woods. Wiersma was asked by Governor John Baldacci’s administration to lead the group – comprised of academics, industry representatives, and environmentalists – to identify key threats and opportunities facing Maine’s forests. “It was evident that the group shared a common bond and a common interest in our passion about the forest,” said Wiersma. “This established a bond that carried us through almost two years of study.” The result is a ground-breaking document entitled Keeping Maine’s Forests: A Study of the Future of Maine’s Forests.
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