Given the importance of the Maine Woods to the state's economy, as well as to its historical and cultural identity, the recent amount of concern surrounding the condition of both the woods and the forest products industry is not surprising. As the debate has been heating up over the past several years, however, the environmental conditions that have given rise to many of those debates have actually been improving. Moreover, when it comes to the condition of the Maine forest products industry, proponents of a Maine Woods National Park and Preserve proposal cite developments that may make superficial sense, but which rarely hold up under scrutiny or when put in a broader economic context.



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