Channel 6 editorial
by Fred Nutter, Channel 6 Editorial Director
We support bonding for Land For Maine’s Future.
It is the program that has allowed the state to purchase valuable land statewide for all of us. It has prevented unwanted development in pristine sections of the state. It has allowed the state to acquire more than 235,000 acres of land from Kittery to Fort Kent and hold it for all of us.
The last time Maine voted for a LMF bond was in 1999. Nearly 70 percent of the voters favored the $50 million bond. All projects are required to receive at least one dollar for every two invested by the state. But the reality has been a dollar from the state has generated two dollars in private, local or federal funds.
A small beach in Machiasport was purchased to provide permanent ocean access for commercial fishermen. A 284 acre orchard in Sanford escaped development because of Land for Maine’s Future. All LMF lands are open to the public for hunting, fishing, hiking, cross country skiing and other outdoor recreation activity.
If there is a state bond that has the demonstrated support of the people of Maine, Land for Maine’s Future is it.
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