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The Forest Society of Maine

Protecting Maine’s forest landscape through conservation easements   By Joe RankinForests for Maine’s Future Writer  Next year the Forest Society of Maine will reach the big 3-0. As in 30 years. Sometime in the next two or three years it will have another nice round number to celebrate — one million. Conserved lands on Moosehead…

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Land conservation: still going strong

Despite the down economy, landowners and the public are still eager to ensure the future of Maine’s forest   By Joe Rankin Forests for Maine’s Future writer   Earlier this month state conservation officials gathered in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House to accept a land donation from Huber Resources Corp., one of the…

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Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again

Fresh from the Woods Forest scene on Branch Lake land in Ellsworth. Photo courtesy of Jerry and Marcy Monkman, Ecophotography.org Community Forests: an old idea that’s new again January 2011 By Joe Rankin They provide timber, hiking trails, opportunities to learn, even maple syrup. They serve to protect watersheds and provide habitat for wildlife. They’re…

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Trails from the 21st Century

Fresh from the Woods Trails for the 21st century December 2010  By JOE RANKIN   It’s a beautiful day. Leaves are turning. The air smells of the dying days of summer. A swollen stream roars off to the right. The group is moving slowly, pulling brush off a newly cleared footpath. Snipping pesky branches, cutting saplings. Later…

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Maine Seeks $25 million for Conservation

Fresh from the Woods North Maine woods Maine seeks $25 million for conservation By Joe Rankin Maine’s north woods covers some 12 million acres, a near contiguous swath that qualifies as the largest unbroken tract of forest east of the Mississippi. While that forest has provided jobs and recreational opportunities for generations, these days it…

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Clean Water

Fresh from the Woods This map estimates a watershed’s ability to produce clean water, which is largely based on how much forestland is in the watershed. The blue areas provide the greatest amount. (Graphic courtesy of USDA Forest Service) Clean water: Over the river, through the woods By Andrew Kekacs Maine has some of the…