Maine’s North Woods are at risk. The largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi—home to abundant and diverse wildlife, pristine lakes, rivers, and unparalleled recreation opportunities—could be forever changed if it is opened up to scattered development.
In response to pressure from developers and large landowners, Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) is revising their zoning system. If developers get their way, subdivisions and other development in inappropriate places could be allowed in areas now reserved for forestry, agriculture, recreation, and wildlife habitat.
The LUPC wants input from people who live, work, or recreate in the areas that the LUPC serves. Do you care about the future of Maine’s North Woods? If so, then please provide input that could help preserve the region’s special character. The LUPC has created an 8- to 10-minute survey, through which you can share what you value most about these special places and help to influence their new zoning system.
Now is the time when we all must take a stand to help conserve Maine’s healthy, intact forests; improve the health of existing communities; and protect wildlife habitat. We need to speak up in opposition to those willing to sacrifice future generations’ interests for short term gains.
This survey is the first step.
If you have questions, please contact NRCM Forests & Wildlife Policy Advocate Eliza Donoghue at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 430-0118. We’d also like to know if you took the survey and what you thought.