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Feds release first round of Maine’s Obamacare “navigators”

Two non-profit groups will receive federal grants totaling more than $500,000 under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for assistance they will provide signing Maine residents up for…

Property tax exemption likely goal of land trusts statewide

Defense against land trust costs Limington taxpayers funds, property In rural town of Limington, a dozen miles or so southwest of Sebago Lake, the quiet balance of country life has…

UN Agenda 21: Land Conservation is Trojan Horse for Big Government

By Diana George Chapin On Feb. 23 the Bangor Daily News and Lewiston Sun ran an article, “The good, bad and pricey parts of using public money for land conservation.” This…

Op/Ed: Land for Maine’s Future furthers the erosion of individual property rights

By Diana George Chapin In her March 14, 2009 Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan recalled in “There’s No Pill for This Kind of Depression” the six-months’ passing since Lehman…

Korean War vet regrets conservation easement on his land

By Diana George Chapin On a hot afternoon in summer, one might imagine Ron Rudolph and Peter Palm resting in the shade chatting about sports or the grandkids. But the…

Conserved land raises local property values—and property taxes

Conserved land raises local property values—and property taxes

By Diana George Chapin The land conservation community has long heralded conserving lands as a way of adding jobs, increasing tourist revenue and insuring watershed protection throughout Maine and the…

Should taxpayer debt fund Land for Maine’s Future?

Should taxpayer debt fund Land for Maine’s Future?

Maine is second only to California in conserved land By Diana George Chapin According to the 2010 National Land Trust Census Report produced by the Land Trust Alliance in Washington,…

Author warns that regionalization is part of a globalist plan

By Diana George Chapin Many people across the nation are making the connection between the regionalization of land conservation efforts and the goals of theUnited Nations Agenda 21, which is a “comprehensive…

Land-trust missions conform to United Nations “Agenda 21”

By Diana George Chapin Maine’s vast northern and downeast forestland is viewed by some as the last wilderness frontier in the country. With large areas preserved in perpetuity by state…

Conservation in the North Woods: How much is enough?

Satellite, GPS, aerial photography used to supervise millions of acres By Diana George Chapin Maine’s history, economy and culture are inextricably intertwined with its working forests. Traditionally, the state’s expansive…

Young farmers prefer collective over individual ownership

U.N. report emphasizes “the importance of land redistribution for the realization of the right to food.” By Diana George Chapin  The land conservation community in Maine often cites affordable access to land as one of the…

Traditional farm ownership threatened by progressive model of “land tenure”

By Diana George Chapin Controlling land, as well as the full suite of rights for it and the full financial value of it, has been paramount to free-enterprise, private-ownership farming…

Collaborative aims to accelerate midcoast land acquisition

Collaborative aims to accelerate midcoast land acquisition

Harvard report says 70% of New England forestland should be free from development By Diana George Chapin While land trusts across the country have worked in local areas to conserve…

Land trusts map future by helping municipalities with planning

By Diana George Chapin Maureen Hoffman has served as executive director for Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association for 15 years and is dedicated to conserving and preserving land in the Sheepscot…

Elderly farmers concerned over sale to Maine Farmland Trust

By Diana George Chapin When Robert and Erma Elwell moved into the little brick cape at the end of a meandering road in Unity in 1945, the young couple became…

Trust works to conserve old farmland for new tenants

*Editors Note – This is the third in a series of pieces about Maine’s Land Trusts. Read all Land Trust related coverage here. By Diana George Chapin Perhaps no organization in…

Dozens of land trusts exert corporate control over Maine communities

*Editors Note – This is the second in a series of pieces about Maine’s Land Trusts. Read all Land Trust related coverage here. By Diana George Chapin Maine has a…

Land trusts shift from conserving property to changing culture

*Editors Note – This is the first in a series of stories about the growing impact of land trusts and conservation easements on property rights in Maine. By Diana George…

Op-Ed: “Land trust” movement needs full disclosure, transparency

by Sandy George In response to the recent Bangor Daily News editorial Conservation Priorities, I would like to offer a third dimension to the discussion.  The paper addressed the potential…