Heroism and villainy.
This is precisely what we expect once the proposed Maine Woods National Park & Preserve is in place, as outlined in our advertisement in the same issue. The grim economic situation in northern Maine continues--mill closures, importating cheap labor, overcutting the forest at the expense of the future workers, and people driven away to find jobs.
The new national park cannot solve all of northern Maine's economic woes, but it will assuredly contribute to a diverse, sustainable economy, as is well-documented across the nation through decent jobs, attracting clean-service industries, and travel spending throughout the region as visitors come to explore this new national gem.
We cite a recent study by Dr. Thomas Power, a national authority on park economies, which verifies that, over a 30-year-period, counties around large national parks had a job growth rate three times the national average and six times higher than the counties of northern Maine; real income growth was twice the national average and triple that of Maine's northern counties.
Those of us serving on Americans for a Maine Woods National Park view this new park as a win-win project that serves the conservation and economic imperatives confronting northern Maine.
Winter Harbor, ME
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|Title Annotation:||Privatization and Making the Grade|
|Author:||Will, LaPage; Quimby, Roxanne|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2003|
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