Central Maine News Papers- 8/28/2015
By Staff Report
Sen. Tom Saviello and Rep. Craig Hickman will be co-chairmen of the Maine Legislature’s Commission to Study the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund.
The commission was formed by the 127th Legislature. The commission will evaluate the state’s use of public land, specifically harvesting practices, the preservation of forests for recreation, wildlife habitat and public use, according to a news release from the office of the Senate president.
Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, speaks to the Legislature in June. Saviello has been named co-chairman of the Commission to Study the Public Reserved Land Management Fund. Portland Press Herald file photo by Gordon Chibroski
Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, speaks as a chairman of the Legislatures Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in April. Hickman has been named co-chairman of the Commission to Study the Public Reserved Land Management Fund. Portland Press Herald file photo
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Other appointees to the commission are Sen. Jim Dill, D-Old Town; Rep. Don Marean, R-Hollis; and Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake; commercial wood harvester Tony Madden; state-licensed forester Jonathan Robbins; forest health scientist Richard Smith; and tourism industry represtantive Bob Myers.
The commission, which will meet a minimum of four times, will offer recommendations to the Legislature based on its findings.
“This is an issue that I feel very strongly about, and I am thrilled to be a member of this study group,” said Saviello, R-Wilton, in the release from the Senate president’s office. “We need to ensure that the policies we enact in the Legislature are working for Maine’s public lands, which are so important to us and to future generations.”
Saviello is also chairman of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee. He represents the Senate’s 18th District, which includes parts of Kennebec and Franklin counties.
Hickman, D-Winthrop, is in his second term, representing District 81 in the Legislature. His district includes Readfield, Winthrop and part of Monmouth. He is the House chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
PLC Board Member to Represent Logging Interests on Commission
A 15-member commission, appointed by Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Speaker of the House Mark Eves, will meet this fall to determine how much wood should be cut from 400,000 acres of state-owned land and the proper use for the related revenues. The panel will include lawmakers and foresters along with tourism, outdoor recreation and commercial timber industry representatives. PLC Board Member and Secretary, Tony Madden, AW Madden, has been appointed by Senate President Michael Thibodeau, to represent the interests of commercial loggers on the Commission. The PLC is proud to have Tony represent the interests of this industry