NRCM’s retiring Forests & Wildlife Director Cathy Johnson spoke on Thursday, February 13 at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. She spoke about the state of the Maine North Woods and the work that is happening and has happened to protect it, as part of the COA Human Ecology Forum. This event was free and open to the public.
Maine’s North Woods are the heart of the largest relatively unfragmented temperate forest remaining the world. Since 1990, the ownership of this region has changed significantly and a variety of policy initiatives related to development, land protection and management, and forest practices have helped to maintain the undeveloped character and resources of the region. But much remains to be done. This presentation focused on policy successes of the last 30 years, policy challenges as a result of climate change, population pressures, and increasing demand for forest products, and opportunities to protect the North Woods in the coming decades.