Governor Mills Announces 12 “Land for Maine’s Future” Projects


A Lawn Sign on North Street Supporting the Reelection  of Governor Janet T. Mills (D) in the Upcoming November 8th Election over Paul LePage (R), Who is Anti-abortion and a Trump Supporter.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman Governor of  Maine and the states’s first woman AG, announced this morning 12 “Land for Maine’s Future” conservation projects across the State of Maine which will protect working lands and wildlife habitat and preserve public access to lakes, rivers, scenic views and mountain vistas.  The projects include Reed Deadwater, the state’s largest conservation project deer wintering habitat to date.

The projects, which total $7.7 million and are expected to leverage an additional $24 million in private and federal funds are:  Reed Deadwater, Kennebago Woodlands, Mill  Hill and Edwards Mill Forests, Square Lake – Cross Lake, Chadbourne Tree Farm, E&E Farm, Roseberry Farm, New Leaf Farm, Sea Meadow, Marine Foundation, Small Point Development Corp., Fisherman’s Wharf, and Evelyn D. LLC Working Waterfront,

The Land for Maine’s Future Program is the State of Maine’s primary method of conserving land for its natural and recreational value.  The program was established in 1987 when Maine citizens approved a $35 million bond to fund the purchase of land and easements.  The program’s priority is to conserve the Maine landscape, recognizing that working lands and public acres to these lands are critical to preserving Maine’s quality of life.  Since then, the MF has conserved over 60,000 acres of land, including 333,425 acres of working lands.  This work includes 70 water access sites with over 67 miles of shoreline on rivers, lakes and parks, 41 farms and 9,884 acres of protected farmlands, 30 working waterfront properties, 158 miles of former railroad corridors for recreational trails and over 69 miles of coastal acres.

“As an avid sportswoman myhself, I always look forward to announcing new Land for Maine’s Future Projects that conserve our lands for the public, but today is a special day,” said Governor Mills.  “Today, we mark the state’s largest conservation project to protect deer wintering habitat, which will help restore this once iconic species in Northern Maine and renew the hope of sportsmen and woman across our state.”