Story posted December 09, 2008
The New England Governors' Conference recently created a Blue Ribbon Commission on Land Conservation "to consider the most urgent conservation issues facing our region and develop recommendations on preserving and protecting our natural heritage and places." The Commission marks the centennial of the governors' first collaborative effort, which was instrumental in creating the Green Mountain and While Mountain National Forests and Acadia National Park.
Each state has named two commission members, with Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan and former Muskie School Director Richard Barringer representing Maine. Governor John Baldacci serves as lead governor and Barringer will chair the Commission.
Each state delegation is served by a five-person advisory panel. Gov. Baldacci has named Bowdoin College economics professor David Vail to represent the academic and scientific communities on Maine's panel. The other advisors include chief executives of Katahdin Paper Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Maine Community Foundation, as well as the mayor of Bangor.
David Vail is Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics and former director of the Environmental Studies Program at Bowdoin. He currently directs a federally funded project at the Maine Center for Economic Policy, "Spreading Prosperity to All of Maine." He also advises the Governor's Council on Maine's Quality of Place and the University of Maine's Center for Tourism Research and Outreach.