Forestry referendum in 2000 ‘pulled all of us together’

Fred Huntress column sig 2While going through a file cabinet recently, looking for something else, I found this Delights of Democracy column by Chris Potholm, pollster and professor at Bowdoin College, pertaining to Jonathan Carter’s Forestry Referendum of 2000. In was published in the Maine Sunday Telegram with the headline “Arrogance: A fable.” I had searched for this article recently but could not find it. In my mind,this is one of the best written articles ever printed in a Maine paper. It is interesting,16 years later,to see how times, and people, have change in the forest industry.

The 2000 referendum pulled all of us together to fight the Carter Referendum,and WE WON! Now we have no current crisis affecting all of the forest industry in Maine. We have the threat of spruce budworm in the north,loss of paper mills and biomass plants and perpetual bills to change Tree Growth but no major state wide issue like the referendum of 2000. When was the last time you saw Carter’s name in the news? We don’t need another referendum crisis but it did firmly unite all segments of our industry and all members of MFPC.

I thought our members would like to see again. The List of characters is probably my interpretation but Chris may have helped me. His fable is a real gem!

Fred Huntress has a treasure trove of Maine forest history  in his home office in Poland.
Fred Huntress has a treasure trove of Maine forest history in his home office in Poland.