Maine’s woods are a valuable resource, not just a playground

To the Editor;

In the Nov. 19 Bangor Daily News, I read, with dismay, Lee Ann Szelog’s suggestion to “protect” Maine’s North Woods by making it a national park. The North Woods are available to the public because of the stewardship and continued management of many private owners. Spend a week with a local forester, see the many problems they face to manage today’s forest.

Nowhere in the column do I see mention of the livelihood afforded by these wonderful woodlands. As a retired forester I had the privilege of enjoying a rewarding career in the forest products business. Please enjoy the wonders of our well-managed forest, but don’t forsake the importance of its financial benefit. Locking away a playground doesn’t ensure that it will be managed for all.

Michael Collins

Fort Kent

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