AUGUSTA — Maine’s Forest Action plan has received USDA Forest Service approval for 2020.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Forest Service created the 10-year strategic plan to help guide policies, priorities, and to conserve Maine’s forest resources.
According to Patty Cormier, a Maine forester, the plan looks at the current conditions of Maine’s trees and forests.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen in the next 10 years. I mean, look at all the changes we’ve had in the last 10 years,” Cormier said. “With the weather patterns, we’re looking at big changes for the forest so we have to remain ready to go and this plan gives us a framework for that.”
All U.S. states must have a forest action plan to receive federal funds. It assures the state can still get the funding to help Maine people with the woodlands.