Story posted March 17, 2004
Maine Governor John Baldacci has appointed David Vail Adams-Catlin Professor of economics and a former director of environmental studies at Bowdoin College to a cabinet-level Steering Committee on Natural Resource-based Industries.
The Governor's Steering Committee is an outgrowth of last November's Blaine House Conference on Maine's natural resource industries. Vail served on the conference planning committee and wrote its white paper on strategy for sustainable tourism.
Vail also serves on the Natural Resources Committee, created by the Maine Legislature to formulate policies for sustainable nature-based tourism. The Committee will submit its report and recommendations to the Legislature in April 2004.
Vail has contributed to tourism policy debates both in Maine and in Sweden, through his policy-oriented studies, op-ed articles, and scholarly publications. With more effective planning, management, and promotion, he believes, Maine's $6 billion tourism economy can make a greater and more lasting contribution to rural community vitality, cultural heritage preservation, and ecosystem health.