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Changing Forestland Use and Ownership in Maine workshop has space available

October 22, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is still accepting registrants who would like to take part in an important conference entitled "Changing Forestland Use and Ownership in Maine", which will take place on Saturday, November 13 from 8:20 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.

The conference, which will be held at the Nadeau Hall teleconference center, is open to the general public, including registered guides, municipal officials, outdoor enthusiasts and others interested in this important issue.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Lloyd Irland will open the conference with a talk entitled "From Sir William to Sir James to Anonymous -- a historical perspective on Maine forest landownership."

Dr. Irland has served as an economist with the Chicago Board of Trade and the U.S. Forest Service, and has worked as an assistant professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 1987, Dr. Irland founded The Irland Group, a forestry economics and marketing consulting firm in Augusta, Maine.

Panelists from around the state, representing such diverse groups as The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, RESTORE: The North Woods, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands, Forest Society of Maine, Land for Maine's Future and The Nature Conservancy will take part.

In addition, Patrick K. McGowan, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and the town managers from Greenville and Millinocket will be panelists. The public is invited to attend and take part in the question and answer sessions.

The event is being sponsored by the UMFK forest technology and environmental studies programs.

"This will be a great opportunity for students and community members", said Don Eno, coordinator of academic outreach. "This issue, which has surfaced most recently in central and western Maine, is certainly important to us in the north as well."

The Maine Board of Licensure of Foresters has approved the conference for educational credits. Contact Eno at 834-7835 for more information.

There is no fee to attend the conference, however pre-registration is required as lunch will be provided. A limited number of spaces are still available.

For more information on educational credits or to register, contact Eno at UMFK, 834-7835.