Land for Maine’s Future board proves that conservation program has integrity

By The Editorial Board
The Press Herald
November 13, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Gov. LePage has never been a big fan of Land for Maine’s Future. …“It’s the culture of status quo,” the governor told the hosts of the morning show on WVOM. “You rub my back, I’ll rub your back and we’ll make some money.” So when one of his campaign contributors applied for $1.25 million for the development rights to a 23,000-acre commercial maple sugar forest along the Quebec border, a lot of people worried that LePage might be right. …But last week the board put all those worries to rest. It turned down funding for the Big Six project. Although its deliberations are held in executive session, it was clear that board members were not impressed with the project, and did not list it among the 15 projects that received preliminary approval. 

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