The Land for Maine’s Future, at work in the state for two decades, is nearly out of money and on the ballot again.

With projects in every county, the program has kept almost a half-million acres out of development, much of it open to the public.

In part, it’s about making sure Maine still feels like Maine, said Director Tim Glidden. It’s also about ensuring everyone has access to outdoor recreation and assets that draw people from loggers to tourists.

Voters have overwhelmingly approved three bonds totaling $97 million since 1987 for LMF. Another, for $17 million, is part of a larger request on Nov. 6’s Question No. 4.

Right now, existing funds – with the exception of $1 million for boat ramps – are committed to current applications, Glidden said. “We basically don’t have any money to take on new conservation projects.”

Androscoggin Land Trust, born out of an LMF project to preserve the 2,200-acre Androscoggin riverlands, has been involved in four LMF projects since, including the Packard-Littlefield Farm.

A fifth is in the offing: Hallelujah Farm in Lisbon, a horse farm on the Androscoggin River, according to Michael Auger, director of land protection and stewardship for the trust.

Glidden said Packard-Littlefield was a good example of LMF at work. He gave a nod to the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project: “To serve needs that we didn’t even envision at that time, that’s so cool.”


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