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Over the past two decades Maine voters have overwhelmingly supported Land for Maine’s Future bonds which have helped protect 26 sites in Cumberland and York counties alone. Local projects include trails along the Presumpscot River in Portland, woodlands in Falmouth, two seabird nesting islands in Casco Bay, two active farms in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough, Florida Lake in Freeport and a trail linking Bradbury Mountain with Pineland.
Question 3 on the Nov. 2 ballot will give us the opportunity to conserve more of Maine’s beautiful landscape, authorizing $9.75 million for future projects. Voting in favor of Question 3 gives the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust, and your local land trust, the ability to protect the places we value most in our communities. The LMF Program works in partnership with willing landowners, local communities, land trusts, state agencies and businesses to identify potential projects and leverage federal, local and private funds for land conservation.
Land for Maine’s Future helps keep Maine a desirable place to live, protects our natural heritage, provides greater public access for recreation and supports our economy with natural resource based businesses. Our investment today will yield invaluable returns in the future. As I watch my three children running on the trails through the woods, splashing in the water or eating local, farm fresh food, I know that I am making the right choice in supporting the LMF bond. I hope you will join me in voting yes on Question 3.
Penny Asherman, president
Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust