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We're supporting local, sustainable agriculture

Maine has so many healthy, local farms, but we import more of our food from out of state than any other state in the continental U.S. Too much of this imported food comes from big factory farms that pollute waterways, foul the air and fuel global warming. We’re working to change this by enabling Maine’s small, sustainable farms to feed more of our state.

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LURC change too risky

The initiative to improve the way the Land Use Regulation Commission functions was, at the conceptual level, sound. But the bill to tranform LURC that has won committee approval contains some fatal flaws. The eight counties that have the largest amount of Unorganized Territory could see development that permanently degrades the environment and causes long-term harm to communities.

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News Release | Environment Maine

Committee Votes to Rubber Stamp Bill that Threatens Maine's North Woods After Governor Twists Arms

At a work session in Augusta, the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry voted to approve LD 1798, the LePage administration bill that would roll back 40 years of protections for the North Woods. Gov. Paul LePage met with Republican committee members earlier today to insist that they fall in line.

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Master guide opposes bill that changes LURC role

Master Maine guide Bill Stevens has been following the progress of LD 1798, a bill that would turn land use regulation of the unorganized territories over to county governments, and is wholeheartedly against it.

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LURC's role needs to be reaffirmed, not subject to local political pressure

Scenic beauty, peace and quiet, a sense of remoteness -- qualities it is impossible to assign a dollar value to -- are resources as important to the tourist industry and to Maine residents alike as a sustainable wood supply is to the forest-products industry.

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Lawmakers make some progress on LURC reform bill

Members of a legislative committee began vetting a list of proposed reforms to the Land Use Regulation Commission on Thursday but opted to delay until next week debate on the most contentious issue surrounding the agency.

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