Maine Congress members call for halting proposed rule impacting forest economy

Maine Congress members call for halting proposed rule impacting forest economy


Maine’s congressional delegation has written a letter to federal regulators asking for a reconsideration of a proposed rule to lower the size limit of nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) to 45,000 acres. This might affect conservation efforts and decreasing federal funding to land managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

The AMC owns and manages 75,000 acres of NIPF in Piscataquis County, and supports jobs across industries.

“We were very pleased that they did send the letter,” Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors (PLC) of Maine told The Center Square. “This was quite an arbitrary change that was being made. The funding has been available to landowners regardless of size for decades.”

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The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding goes toward maintaining the forest for optimal economic and recreational use, and for every dollar invested, more is put in by the private sector, Doran said.

The $523,000 granted to the AMC by the NRCS

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