The Land Conservation Task Force has issued a lot of really good recommendations. While their recommendation of a major bond issue to revitalize the Land for Maine’s Future got most of the news coverage, there are lots of other recommendations that are equally important.
The Task Force was led by David Trahan of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Tim Glidden of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and included a diverse group of participants.
The recommendations included one to ensure that land conservation benefits Maine’s economy and communities – very important – and another to connect us with land and water. I’ve written often about our lack of legal access to our brooks, streams, and rivers. I also like their focus on land conservation near our communities where the lands will get a lot more use.
I appreciated the recommendation to work cooperatively with landowners, and to protect critical natural resources. And they also tackled a big problem with a recommendation to combat climate change.
As a person with ALS, I particularly appreciated their understanding that Maine needs a lot more accessible outdoor places.
All of these recommendations include more specific steps we can take to achieve them. And none of them will be easy to implement and achieve. You are going to have to step up and help make that happen.
To start down that road, I urge you to read the Task Force’s entire report, which you can access here:
You can also listen to interviews with task force members, Rep Pat Corey, Sen Cathy Breen, and task force co-chair Tim Glidden, here: