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In 1985, the 112th Maine Legislature, recognizing the increasing demands upon Maine's forests, established the Forests for the Future Program within the Department of Conservation (Chapter 488, Public Laws of 1985). The legislation creating the Forests for the Future Program expressed three basic concerns.

  1. Can Maine's forests continue to provide all of the amenities demanded by society?
  2. How can Maine's forests be managed to assure continued availability of resources?
  3. What is the State's role in encouraging and promoting conservation of forest resources?

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C 72.10:Fo 711/988

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Forest for the Future: A Report on Maine's Forest to the Legislature, the Governor, and the People of Maine