Land for Maine's Future

On July 1, 2021, with Governor Mills' signature, the State budget became law. In doing so, the Land for Maine's Future Program (LMF) was infused with $40 million in new funding for the conservation of working forests, farms, and commercial waterfronts, public access to our woods and waters, the protection and management of wildlife, including deer wintering habitat. The Governor's signature also formalized LMF's long-standing commitment to community conservation and recreation.

Following this great news, the LMF Board will be convening over the coming weeks to determine a strategy and guidelines for allocating these funds. We invite everyone to visit the LMF Public Meetings schedule to learn how to engage in the Board's process. For landowners interested in learning the process of selling property for conservation, please see our Applying for Funds page.

The budget win for LMF and the people of Maine results from strong partnerships and great effort from a broad constituency of non-profit partners, legislators, and individuals who care deeply for Maine's natural heritage.

This opportunity serves as a re-commitment to the findings more than 30 years ago when the Legislature established the Program:

The Legislature finds that Maine is blessed with an abundance of natural resources unique to the northeastern United States; that these natural resources provide Maine residents and visitors to the State with an unparalleled diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities during all seasons of the year and quality of life unmatched in this nation; that the continued availability of public access to these recreation opportunities and the protection of the scenic and natural environment are essential for preserving the State's high quality of life.

We can all be proud of our collective commitment to our shared heritage. Let's look forward and work together and ensure to preserve and pass down Maine's culture and heritage to future generations.

About Land for Maine's Future

The Land for Maine's Future Program is the State of Maine's primary funding vehicle for conserving land for its natural and recreational value. The program was established in 1987 when Maine citizens voted to fund $35 million to purchase lands of statewide importance. In 1997, new priorities were set forth by a commission of Maine citizens. Since that time the program has administered multiple bonds and even instances of general fund appropriations. Read more about LMF or view our brochure (PDF).

For information contact the Land for Maine's Future Program, and to stay up to date on all of our news (including scheduled LMF Board meetings, workshops, and funding opportunities), sign up to get LMF news and updates delivered directly to your inbox!

Timber Harvesting Improves Forest and Supports Recreation at Dodge Point Public Land

The Maine Bureau of Public Land’s Dodge Point was one of the first LMF investments back in 1989. Since that time, more than half of LMF investments have been spent on working lands which support multiple resource values, including public recreational use, timber harvesting, farming and working waterfronts.

Timber harvests on Maine Public Lands are enhancing wildlife habitat, improving forest health, and generating revenue to support all of the resources that Public Lands provides to the people of the State of Maine. Earlier this year a timber harvest, begun during the winter of 2020, was completed at Dodge Point Public Land. The objective of the harvest was to improve the overall health of the forest by selectively removing low quality trees while allowing the designated higher quality trees to grow and regenerate the forest. The Dodge Point Timber Harvest video shows some of the harvest machinery in action and is narrated by Stephen Richardson, Senior Forest Engineer, and Andy Cutko, Director, of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. This harvest continues the forest stewardship legacy of the Freeman Family, who, as owners in 1978, won the State of Maine Tree Farm of the Year Award.

Not only does the harvest contribute to improved forest health, it also provides revenue to support recreational amenities such as the trails and trailheads. Visitors to Dodge Point enjoy recreational opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, skating, swimming, fishing, bird and wildlife watching, and can get down to the water at the seasonal pier, and at two pebble beaches. Dodge Point is also the northeast terminus of the River-Link Trail, which was made possible by Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust and partners and two major grants from the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program. Coastal Rivers donors and volunteers also assist with upkeep of Dodge Point while LMF protects the working woodlands and recreation at this very popular and highly visited Public Land.