The Land for Maine’s Future board consists of nine individuals. Commissioners of three Departments, Marine Resources (DMR), Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) are joined by six public members who serve staggered four-year terms. In the first five months of the Mills Administration, the board has welcomed five new members. These five individuals each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. And all five have a long track record of support for land conservation in Maine.
The first two new members to join the LMF Board this year were Amanda Beal, DACF Commissioner, and Judy Camuso, DIFW Commissioner. Both have been strong proponents of land conservation, including previous employment at Maine Farmland Trust and Maine Audubon respectively, and both have already brought a lot of enthusiasm to the board.
There have also been three vacancies among public members of the LMF board this year. In April, Barbara Trafton filled one of those vacancies. Barbara had previously served on The Nature Conservancy’s Board of Trustees in Maine and she has been a strong proponent of LMF. In May, the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted unanimously to support the nominations of Roger Berle and Jim Norris to be public members to the board. Both Roger and Jim have served on the LMF board in the past. Their expertise and support of the program should be a great addition. The Maine Senate confirmed both nominations in late May.