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Land for Maine’s Future (LMF)


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Land for Maine’s Future

The Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program helps conserve lands with high recreational and ecological value, as well as working farms, forestlands and waterfronts. Lands conserved through LMF form the foundation of our natural resource-based economy and provide significant economic value in the form of natural goods and services. This important program has been funded in the past by bonds that are approved by legislators and then voters. Since its creation in 1987, LMF has maintained a history of broad, bipartisan support among lawmakers, as well as 60% of the voters of Maine. We will be supporting a bill to provide renewed funding for LMF through a $5 million bond proposal.

To learn more, please visit Land for Maine’s Future.

Background

The Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program has a history of broad support and an outstanding record of success in protecting Maine’s natural legacy.

  • LMF has conserved lands in each of Maine’s 16 counties, including mountain summits, salt marshes, rivers, lakes, ponds, and coastal shorelines
  • LMF has helped to conserve more than 315,000 acres of working forestland, ensuring sustainable forest management and public access for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation
  • LMF has conserved more than 1,200 miles of shorefront and dozens of lakes and ponds, guaranteeing access for canoeing, fishing, and boating
  • LMF has worked with communities across the state to establish hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and 158 miles of rail trails
  • LMF is consistently supported by 60% of Maine voters and a bipartisan majority of Maine legislators

LMF Investments Strengthen Maine’s Economy and our Local Communities.

LMF has protected:

  • Over 560,000 acres of conservation and recreation lands. This includes 315,000 acres of working forestlands reflecting LMF’s efforts to conserve the working landscape and keep lands in private ownership with permanent land conservation agreements.  These lands serve a variety of activities including: hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, picnicking, and birdwatching.
  • 52 water access sites – guaranteeing access for canoeing, fishing and boating.
  • 37 farms of more than 8,900 acres – supporting family farmers producing dairy, vegetables, meat and flowers.
  • 24 commercial working waterfront properties where lobsterman and other fisherman have guaranteed access to the water – ensuring their economic future.
  • Acquisitions include more than 1,200 miles of shore lands.
  • 158 miles of former railroad corridors have been protected for multi-use recreational trails that are part of a statewide network generating millions of dollars to local economies.