Has Maine conserved enough land?

Posted Jan. 04, 2010, at 2:26 p.m.

A recent Associated Press story reported that Maine has set aside 3.3 million acres for conservation in recent years, “roughly the size of Connecticut [and] nearly 18 percent of the entire state of Maine.” Is this too much? Does such a level of conservation limit

business opportunity? Or does it enhance the state’s economy? Will more recreational opportunities boost the state’s tourism industry? Or will further conservation hurt Maine’s natural resource-based businesses? Should land conservation only accelerate when development increases?