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Public Reserved Lands

In the 2016 legislative session, the Commission to Study the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund, created to consider how the money generated by the increase in timber harvesting on public lands should be spent, will share its recommendations with the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. The group is unanimously recommending against diverting the revenue to heating assistance as the Governor has demanded.

One of the key suggestions is that the unmet needs within public lands be prioritized and that much of the available revenue be spent on these priorities. This is the first time in the Bureau of Public Land’s history that there is funding to improve recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat, which in turn benefits Maine’s rural economy.