BROWNVILLE, Maine — After considering several potential candidates, the Board of Selectmen decided at a meeting on May 16 to contract with Doug Reed to care for town woodlots.
Reed, a licensed forester for the state, would be paid at an hourly rate of $35 to develop a 10-year plan.
“We were looking for a responsible plan so we get the most out of our land and most money for the town,” Town Manager Matthew Pineo said.
He said the town-owned property account should be used to pay for the forestry plan with income from woodlots — which combined total about 400 acres — going into the account.
“I have worked for public lands for the last 12 years and I personally manage about 50,000 acres of public land,” Reed said. “I’m used to doing planning with a lot of public input and concerns. I’m looking to flesh out some of the town’s objectives and that’s kind of the basis of the plan, and the rest of the plan is how we get to those objectives. I have to know what’s out there before I can tell you what we can do.
“Really you need to have some science behind what you are trying to do, especially if you are trying to have some financial gains from the property,” he added.
“I personally feel we have a lot to gain by a professionally managed woodlot,” said Walter Cook, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. “It may not be right away, but maybe 15, 20 years down the road.”