On April 30, 2015, 13 state-wide conservation organizations ranging from forestry to wildlife to agricultural interests signed onto joint comments to the Highlands Council as it considers how its Regional Master Plan may change in the future.  Those comments focused on the nature of the forested ecosystem of the Highlands, the role of the Highlands Council and its focus on regulating land use change, and the need for continued flexibility in conducting sustainable forest management and wildlife habitat improvement activities within the exemptions set forth in the Highlands Act.

“Having so many state-wide organizations sign on to a single document shows how much consensus there is on these important topics,” said Steve Kallesser, vice chair.  “Whether it is professional societies such as SAF, The Wildlife Society, and the International Society of Arboriculture, or the many other groups who advocate and practice conservation, we all agree that our forests and the clean water they produce are critical to our well-being as a state — and they need to be understood and taken seriously.”

A copy of the comments can be downloaded by clicking here.