For more than two decades, the highly successful Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program has provided critical funding to protect forestlands, shorelines, working farms and waterfronts, salt marshes, mountain summits and other treasures of Maine’s natural heritage for generations to come. But now the program has no money for future land purchases.
A majority of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee is recommending that the Legislature approve a bill (LD 852) providing $5 million in bond funding to the LMF Program. Two-thirds of the House and Senate must approve the bill in order for it to move forward.
The Legislature will reconvene Tuesday, May 15, and will vote on the bond proposals. We need your help in encouraging legislators to support LD 852.
LMF funds have protected land in each of Maine’s 16 counties, where families can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, skiing and other outdoor activities. This program has provided essential infrastructure that helps preserve Maine’s unique character and supports our natural resource based economy. With all that LMF has done, it is no wonder why over 60% of Maine voters support this program.
Please contact your legislators and ask them to support LD 852. Let them know that LMF-funded projects have had significant positive impacts on areas important to you and your fellow Mainers. Also share with them that a recent Trust for Public Land study found that every $1 invested in land conservation through LMF returned $11 in natural goods and services to the Maine economy. Investing in LMF is a smart investment for Maine.
Without the LMF program, more of Maine’s natural heritage would be lost to development. We need your help to ensure that this program stays funded so future generations can enjoy our natural heritage.
Thank you for your continued support!
Jennifer Burns Gray
Staff Attorney and Advocate
(207) 781-6180 ext. 224