For more than 35 years, the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) has overseen development and land use in Maine's 10.4 million-acre North Woods. A bill now in the Maine legislature would eliminate LURC, doing away with orderly development and planning across the region and threatening one of Maine’s most iconic and economically valuable natural resources.
Maine’s North Woods is the largest contiguous forest east of the Mississippi River, and for hundreds of years these lands have provided timber products, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities that are unmatched in the eastern United States. LURC was created in 1971 to oversee planned development and to help ensure that these multiple natural resource values would be available for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations. By abolishing LURC, the bill, LD 1534, threatens the integrity of Maine’s North Woods and compromises the future of our largest industries: forestry and tourism.
Maine residents: please urge your State Senator and Representative to keep the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) intact and ensure a sustainable future for Maine’s North Woods. We invite you to share with your legislators why Maine’s North Woods is important to you.
Please call your legislators. You can find their phone numbers here.
We also invite you to attend a public hearing of LD 1534, which will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 1:00pm at the State House in Augusta. For more information on how you can testify and help, please contact Lindsay Bourgoine, Maine Policy Associate at email@example.com.
Read more about the Land Use Regulation Commission here >>
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