Heather Drake: Preserving Maine’s Biodiversity, Keeping Ecosystems Intact

My son has a book – “At One: In a Place Called Maine” – which is described as a love letter to Maine, describing experiences author Lynn Plourde has encountered across the state.

It takes readers to a yard with fawns, Mount Katahdin, cross-country skiing and camping. If people haven’t had a chance to read this peaceful and beautiful book, I encourage them to do so, and then call on their legislators to support LD 736, which would preserve biodiversity in Maine and develop our ecological reserve lands so that my son can grow up in “the place called Maine” that all Maine people are privileged to experience today.

Specifically, LD 736 would allow our ecosystems to remain intact. Although they cover less than 1% of the state, they protect some of our most spectacular scenery, including places I hope to take with our son: the Cutler Coast and Nahmakanta.

LD 736 would also allow the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to conserve more vulnerable habitats by increasing the area cap currently in place.

Finally, we are in a climate crisis. Expanding our ecological reserves helps store carbon and supports state goals to conserve land and enhance biodiversity.

Heather Drake, Cape Elizabeth, Member of the Maine Natural Resources Council Rising Leadership Team

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