ABOUT : Key Principles
The Kennebec Woodland Partnership is a forestland conservation initiative whose mission is to ensure a long-term future for the county’s forests and to help landowners in Kennebec County, Maine, make informed decisions about their woodlands.
The Partnership consists of a broad range of groups and individuals. These are the principles by which we agree to work together to achieve our mutual goal of inspiring a culture of conservation in Kennebec County.
- Voluntary. The partnership is based on voluntary cooperation and seeks non-regulatory approaches to conservation, defined in the broad sense.
- Mutually beneficial. The partnership is guided by mutual self-interest – there is something in it for everyone.
- Multiple pathways of progress. There are no single one-size-fits-all solutions; rather, there is a range of items (tools, strategies, actions, levels of commitment) that lead towards keeping forests as forests.
- Personal focus. Outreach and education efforts will “meet people where they are” along the path and help identify the next steps to take.
- Diversify. The partnership will bring together constituencies with similar interests that may not have traditionally worked together; for example, the land trust community and the forest products and logging industry.
- De-mystify. The efforts of the partnership will clarify terminology, reduce fears, and promote a common understanding of potentially divisive concepts; for example, commercial harvesting, conservation easements, comprehensive plans, data layers on maps.
- Facilitate. The goal of the partnership is not to dictate, but to facilitate informed decisions.
- Mediate. When disagreements arise, rational dialogue will be employed to work through differences.