Climate Change and Forest Restoration Campaign
The January 2010 edition of FEN's publication The Maine Woods is
devoted to the issue of climate change and FEN's Climate Change and Forest Restoration Campaign as well as to the issue of wind power in Maine.
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The Fall 2008 edition of FEN's publication The Maine Woods is
devoted to the issue of climate change and FEN's Climate Change and Forest Restoration Campaign.
Download the entire issue here. (2 MB)
Save Moosehead - Stop Plum Creek's Wilderness Sprawl
The Fall 2006 edition of FEN's publication The Maine Woods is
devoted to stopping Plum Creek's Wilderness Sprawl.
Download it here. (1 MB)
FEN is working to make this a scene of the past ....
.... not the future.
.The purpose of the Forest Ecology Network (FEN) is to protect the native forest environment of Maine through public awareness, grassroots citizen activism, and education, promoting practices that respect the ecological and aesthetic integrity of the Maine Woods.
Our efforts include campaigns to:
- Prevent wilderness sprawl
- Protect Maines water resources from commercial overexploitation
- Eliminate the clearcutting, overcutting, and herbicide spraying associated with industrial forestry
FEN believes that to protect and restore the forest environment while ensuring a sustainable wood supply, we need a combination of ecological reserves, low-impact forestry, demand reduction/recycling, and alternative fibers for paper making.
The Forest Ecology Network, based in Lexington Township, Maine, is on the forefront of forest protection in Maine. FEN spearheaded a campaign to defeat the industry-sponsored Compact for Maine's Forests, then formed a coalition with other environmental organizations in Maine. The coalition called upon the state legislature to pass meaningful forest practices reform, and agreed on a joint policy that would have ensured sustainable forestry. The plan was rejected by the Maine State Legislature. (Details)
FEN has begun a new referendum campaign to get synthetic chemical pesticides out of the forest and to transform the Board of Pesticides Control into an elected body. This campaign, known as Pesticide-Free Forests, sought to impose a ten-year moratorium on the use of all synthetic chemical pesticides for forestry purposes and to transform the Board of Pesticides Control from a seven member board appointed by the governor into a 16 member board with one representative elected by the voters of each of Maine's 16 counties.
FEN, in concert with other environmental groups, is also campaigning for the creation of a Maine Woods National Park.
Projects of the Forest Ecology Network include:
The strength of the Forest Ecology Network is our membership. FEN has thousands of members -- from loggers and woodsworkers to artists and health care workers. FEN is a group of citizens who love the Maine Woods and believe that we can have a vibrant, forest-based economy that does not destroy the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the forest environment.
WE NEED YOU! We can guarantee you that your contribution to FEN will go directly toward programs that protect the forest environment that is important to your future, and the future of Maine. Join FEN today! You will receive our newspaper, The Maine Woods, participate in a local, bioregional FEN chapter, participate in field trips, workshops, and other events.
Special Section on the World Trade Organization
One of the most significant milestones of the environmental movement in some time occurred back in late November and early December 1999 when 40,000 to 60,000 environmentalists, human rights activists, indigenous people, labor activists, fair trade proponents, people of faith, steelworkers and other union workers, farmers, students, and teachers representing more than 700 organizations traveled to the streets of Seattle to protest against the World Trade Organization at its Third Ministerial meeting. Learn more about the WTO and the Seattle protests here.
Links to Other Resources
The FEN resource and links page contains bibliographies and other important reports and information FEN has compiled. The links will direct you to other environmental orgainzations in Maine, national and international environmental and forest protection groups, Maine state resources, places to learn about forest ecology, and Henry David Thoreau and more. Check out our photo gallery for pictures of clearcuts, as well as more pleasant scenes of wild Maine.