What is Keeping Maine’s Forests?
KMF is a proactive partnership of nearly 30 members from diverse backgrounds who believe that a healthy forest economy and a healthy ecosystem go hand in hand. The coalition envisions a future Maine Woods that is a mix of privately owned, sustainably managed working forests (some of which is protected by conservation easements), and both private and public lands that are conserved to protect unique ecological values. This mix will help assure the vitality of the forest products industry while it sustains a healthy and intact forest ecosystem, supports local communities, protects valuable habitat, and assures public access for recreation for generations to come.
Maine has the largest unfragmented temperate broadleaf and mixed forest of any state in the nation, and one of the best examples of this type of ecosystem in the entire world. Ninety-four percent of this resource has been privately owned and managed for centuries, with forest products contributing more to Maine’s economy than any other industry. At the same time, almost 8 million acres have been certified as sustainably managed, protecting wildlife and water resources. Moreover, Maine’s forest landowners have maintained the state’s tradition of permitting public access to their lands for recreation. This is the phenomenal asset that Keeping Maine’s Forests seeks to conserve for future generations.
KMF is a forum to shape this common vision.
Through KMF, those who care about the future of the Maine Woods can share information and resources, promote sustainable forest management and conservation, improve stewardship of forest lands, and speak with one voice to state and federal elected officials.
|“Keeping Maine’s Forests represents a broad-based and inclusive approach to conserving Maine’s productive forest lands for the benefit of future generations. Collaborative approaches, like KMF, are the most effective way to ensure lasting results that benefit both landowners and the public.”
– Patrick Strauch, Maine Forest Products Council
“Maine’s forests have supported the economic needs of its inhabitants for 10,000 years. With proper management, these resources can continue to meet the economic, social, and cultural needs of society for the foreseeable future. Keeping Maine’s Forest is uniquely positioned to help make that a reality.”
– John Banks, Penobscot Indian Nation
Who is Keeping Maine’s Forests?
KMF’s membership represents large forest landowners, forest-dependent businesses, recreation interests, Maine tribes, education and advocacy groups, land conservation and wildlife interests, and government agencies.