Mainers once enjoyed the sense that the state’s vast forested lands would forevermore be a feature of the state’s landscape and cultural heritage. However, this sensibility has been threatened by fragmentation and sprawl and rapid changes in ownership. According to Lloyd Irland, Maine is not unique. The U.S. is facing a crisis of sustainability in forests and rural communities. Irland provides a brief history of forest ownership in the U.S. and analyzes some global trends to help to explain this crisis. He suggests Mainers look to experiences elsewhere in the nation and world to come up with a new mix of private institutions that can sustain ownership and management of large tracts of forest for the long term.
Irland, Lloyd C. . "U.S. Forest Ownership: Historic and Global Perspective." Maine Policy Review 14.1 (2005) : 16 -22, http://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mpr/vol14/iss1/6.