Let’s reinvigorate Project LandShare!

Landowners across Maine — from as far south as Standish to as far north as Estcourt on the Maine-Canadian border — placed Project LandShare signs on their property.
Click for larger image. Source: Maine Fish and Wildlife Magazine, fall 1989

One of Maine’s most unique, most neighborly traditions is that landowners have for centuries allowed people onto their land to hunt, fish, hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors. When Project LandShare was started in 1989 by MFPC and the Maine TREE Foundation, it was an effort by the owners of forestland in Maine to make sure that tradition continued. Those were challenging times for Maine’s forest landowners — both large and small. The most recent spruce budworm epidemic had just run its course, leading to the death of millions of spruce and fir trees through the state, and the Maine Forest Practices Act was about to take effect, an effort to ensure forest management was based in science and protected the public interest.

 
Signs went up that read: “Project LandShare. Landowners providing public access. Your care will help keep these working woodlands open for everyone.” The signs had two messages. The first that was that owners of forest land are trying to maintain recreational opportunities for Maine people in spite of increasing use and pressures on the land. The other message was, “Please do your part to keep the land open – treat it with care and respect.”
 
Those messages still resonate today. That’s why the Maine Forest Products Council wants to reinvigorate and expand Project LandShare. Please send us your ideas.