Yesterday, the Legislature approved LD 852, the Land for Maine’s Future Bond, by more than the two-thirds votes needed. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for signature. Passage of the bond bill is a bright light in a session that’s been largely focused on defending core environmental protections.
This success is largely the result of the significant efforts by David Trahan, the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. With his help, many Republicans became more appreciative of the opportunities LMF presents to protect key wildlife habitat such as deer wintering areas and streams for brook trout.
Sen. Roger Katz took over sponsorship of LD 852 when David Trahan left the Senate. He has done an excellent job providing leadership and spoke eloquently on the floor yesterday. Sen. Tom Saviello and Rep. Jeff McCabe have also been important and effective voices on this issue.
While we are optimistic that the public will approve the bond if it’s on the ballot in November, we are concerned that the Governor will veto the bill. We hope that he joins his colleagues in appreciating the important opportunities for wildlife habitat conservation LMF presents and the lost opportunities that will occur if LMF doesn’t get this funding.