Maine land preservation program reactivated after 4 years

October 16, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A land preservation program in Maine will be used to provide money for conservation for the first time since 2017.

The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said it is asking for proposals for conservation and recreation projects via the Land for Maine’s Future program. The state approved $40 million for the program over four years as part of the Maine budget.

Mills’ office said the money could help conserve working forests, farms, commercial waterfronts and other spaces. The money can also be used to provide public access to woods and waters and protect wildlife.

Mills said the funding provides a “time to conserve in perpetuity the natural resources that form the backbone of our rural economy.”