Feds approve Maine forest management roadmap

June 23, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government has approved a Maine plan about how the state intends to manage its forests.

Maine is the most forested state in the country. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Wednesday its Maine Forest Service has received approval for its forest plan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Maine officials said the state’s forest plan is intended to “analyzes current conditions and trends of Maine’s trees and forests” and provide “strategies and actions to ensure a sustainable future for the state’s forests.” State Forester Patty Cormier said the document will be used as a tool to help manage forests in the state.

The plan assesses the condition of Maine’s trees and forests and includes strategies to conserve them, state officials said.

Every U.S. state and territory is required to have a forest action plan to be able to receive federal aid through the USDA Forest Service’s state private forestry programs.