Maine RCP Advances W&W through Partnership, Conference

Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) has conserved 4,800 acres of their 412,000-acre service region in Maine, and with the help of new collaborative partnerships and a conference, it plans to increase that number.

Inspired by the call for collaborative conservation, the Wildlands and Woodlands report, and work at Harvard Forest, KLT, in partnership with the Maine Forest Service, established the Kennebec Woodland Partnership (KWP) in 2009. A few years later the Kennebec Woodland Partnership, along with three statewide partners, launched Local Wood WORKS (LWW), a project that promotes regionally and sustainably harvested wood and local wood products.

The first Local Wood WORKS Conference will be held November 14 in Augusta, ME and bring together landowners, foresters, wood products businesses, state agencies, and others to learn about and promote Maine’s local wood economy. W&W Co-Author Brian Donahue will present at the conference, highlighting lessons learned from the local food movement in a talk titled “Wildlands, Woodlands, and Farmlands: The Place of “Local” Wood and Food in New England’s Future.”

For more information and a schedule of speakers and panelists, visit http://www.tklt.org/lwwhome.