BANGOR — Many folks don’t know about Land for Maine’s Future and the impact it has on Maine.
On Wednesday, Land for Maine’s Future Director Sarah Demers told lawmakers the program was just part of someone’s imagination in 1986.
But in 1987 Maine voters established the program by approving a $35 million dollar bond issue.
“At that point in time, the bond was used to purchase lands of statewide significance so that means that only the state was able to acquire and hold lands, but that has now changed. Municipalities, land trusts, and others may now apply and purchase land with funding,” Demers said.
One of the main goals of LMF is to ensure public access to outdoor and recreational spaces while protecting Maine’s environment.
“We also fund projects for working farms and commercial working waterfront properties.”
Demers said people have opportunities to apply for a bond.
“As part of our application process, we do require applicants to demonstrate community and economic contribution of the project,” she said.
Demers said there are several bond issues in the works for the organization. The legislature will decide whether those bonds go to the voters.