The article in the Jan. 7 Sun Journal entitled “Who was snubbed when the music stopped?” was all about freshman Rep. Abby Holman, R-Fayette, not getting assigned to the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, the committee chair, apparently said the committee has no one with direct forestry experience.
Rep. Holman is not a forester, but has an extensive background in the forestry field.
Three professional foresters serve in the 123rd Maine Legislature. Rep. Pat Flood, R-Winthrop, serves on the Appropriations Committee; Rep. Tom Saviello, I-Wilton, serves on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, and I also serve on the same committee with Rep. Saviello. I believe I am the first professional registered forester to serve in the Maine Senate.
I am not sure who lobbied for whom concerning committee assignments. I, for one, am happy with my assignment, and I can also say that I will be involved with forestry activities regarding the 123rd Maine Legislature.
Rep. Walter R. Gooley, Farmington