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Forest Action Plan

The Significance of Maine’s Forests

Maine has the largest contiguous block of undeveloped forestland east of the Mississippi. Maine’s resilient forests have been harvested for wood products for over 200 years, yet 90% of the state remains forested – the highest percentage in the country and we have largely maintained our forest biodiversity. We also have a long history of multiple-use management on private land and a tradition of free public access to private land.

The Maine Forest Action Plan is a keystone of the Maine Forest Service’s continuing efforts to inform our citizens about the condition of and trends in our forests and forest economy. It draws from a long history of strategic thinking on the issue of how to address Maine’s most important forestry issues. The plan addresses a number of topics, including, but not limited to: criteria and indicators of forest sustainability, threats and opportunities, priority forest areas, and strategies and resources needed to address threats to the state’s forest resources.


Best Management Practices

Maine’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are the Maine Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Board of Pesticide Control.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Download the program survey results to view implementation rates and the full research findings.

Maine Forestry Publications

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