Environmental groups in Maine have been kept informed about the impacts of a budworm population explosion by Keeping Maine’s Forests (KMF), a proactive partnership of nearly 30 members from diverse backgrounds who believe that a healthy forest economy and a healthy ecosystem go hand in hand.
In November, 2014, KMF hosted a Spruce Budworm Forum for more than 60 representatives of the environmental community, which reviewed and commented on the Spruce Budworm Report then in progress. Since then, regular updates have been provided at KMF quarterly meetings.
Maine’s environmental organizations provide a vital link to the general public as well as to their members in understanding issues like the spruce budworm outbreak.
Current KMF members include the following from environmental organizations as well as others:
|John Banks, Penobscot Nation
Mark Berry, Schoodic Institute
Sarah Demers, Land for Maine’s Future Program
Walter Graff, Appalachian Mountain Club
Sherry Huber*, Maine TREE Foundation
|Marcia McKeague, Katahdin Forest Management
Sarah Medina, Seven Islands Land Co.
David Montague, Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Lisa Pohlmann, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Rob Riley, Northern Forest Center
Tom Rumpf*, The Nature Conservancy
Patrick Strauch*, Maine Forest Products Council
Wolfe Tone, Trust for Public Land
David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
Peter Triandafillou, Huber Resources
Walter Whitcomb, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Robin Zinchuk, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
* Indicates Steering Committee member