Maine SAF Responds to Proposed
Threatened and Endangered Species Listing
In mid-August 2104, Maine SAF responded to the
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife regarding the proposed listing
of two bat species on Maine's Threatened and Endangered Species List.
Attached to the letter were two national SAF policy statements on the subjects
of "Protecting Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land" and "Biological
Diversity in Forest Ecosystems."
Please click on the links to review the
documents. A few paper copies will be available at the registration table
at our Fall Meeting on October 14, 2014.
Maine SAF Letter
Endangered Species Habitat on Private Land
Diversity in Forest Ecosystems
Earlier this year, on
January 25th, the Board of Licensed Foresters (board) and the Maine
Forest Service (MFS) submitted a report to the Committee on Agriculture,
Conservation, and Forestry (ACF) summarizing their joint findings and
recommendations as directed by Resolve 2011, Chapter 130 to examine forester
licensing requirements, with the purpose of streamlining. The Resolve directed
that the board and MFS develop recommendations that:
Simplify the education,
testing, and experience requirements for obtaining a license as a forester; and
Allow a person who meets
specified experience levels and demonstrates knowledge of forestry law to be
exempt from the education requirements of Title 32, section 5514, subsection2.
As of this date, ACF has
not taken any action on the report recommendations. A copy of the report is
available from below.