Steve Wight, Owner, Sunday River Inn, ME
"During the 38 years that I have lived in the Mahoosucs, I have watched and felt the changes detailed in this report. I have also watched my neighbors deal with the effects of the changes on their lives and the lives of their families. I am impressed with the analysis contained in the report and pleased to learn more than I ever understood before about the mechanisms behind these changes."
Deborah Spalding, CFA, Managing Partner, Working Lands Investment Partners, LLC
"To assure the protection of our forestland, legislators must create positive incentive programs that reward current owners and attract new owners who keep their land in large parcel sizes or as sustainably managed working lands."
Mike Ferrucci, Interforest
"Finding young people learning the logging business is becoming increasingly rare, because where’s the land base going to be? What’s the point? I don’t see the local people encouraging their children to stay in the logging business. They’re much more likely to go into construction.
Where forestland is protected with a conservation easement there may be an opportunity for sustaining the forestry sector. Any buyer of eased lands is going to have a clear understanding that it’s a pure timber play. There’s no development aspect. The buyer is going to have to be focused on timber growth and appreciation. This will also clearly factor into bringing the purchase prices down. It has to."
Timothy Donovan Sr., Berlin City Councilor and the Mahoosuc Initiative's NH Outreach Coordinator
"The need for studies is over. The communities need to begin planning for change. The chief economic engine now in Coos County is the land. Biomass plants seemed at first to be a good means of revitalizing and stabilizing the forest based industry in Coos County, but as Berlin works with Clean Power, we see that the trade off for the jobs they create: the plants don’t produce enough profit to justify the tax incentives they require to get them up and running."
Jeremy Caggiano, Forester
Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks
"Throughout our region many non-industrial private forestlands' (NIPF) are unloading their property due to, what they believe to be, an inability to manage their land sustainably without being in a financial loss. In the Mahoosucs it is indeed a fact that land is selling for quite more than revenue earned through sustainable forest management.