Posted by: Bob Payne | October 7, 2011

North Woods park unhealthy for Maine’s forests and economy

Since 1881 my family has owned and operated a white pine sawmill in Searsmont employing 110 men and women. Much of our log supply comes from Northern Maine, so naturally we are concerned about future supply. There has been a lot of talk about wood supply regarding the proposed national park and that it won’t be needed because the paper mills and forest products industry are in decline.

Nothing could be further from the truth.


  1. sustainable forest management is all about conservation and ‘economic’ utilization and hence the issue need to be considered in a much wider perspective and management should aim for strategies to produce more quality timber with out adversely effecting and/or rather enhancing the other benefits offered by the National Park. While looking at Natural resource/forest management in different parts of the world we have to look for tactics and approaches suitable for enhancing ecological and economic returns in the best possible manner. The approach of forest /park management for ‘conservation’ alone will only defeat the very purpose in the long run.

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