For more than a decade, the forests
managed by the University of Maine have grown in size and value with the
help of the Green Endowment.
The Green Endowment of Forest Land, established by the University of
Maine Foundation, offers individuals and industry the opportunity to
donate forest lands to UMaine. The gifted lands, titled to the
foundation, are managed by some of the leading forest experts in the
The woodlands are used for research and education, and managed for
sustainability. Proceeds from timber harvests in University Forests
benefit UMaine's forest resource programs by funding student activities
in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.
Ten-year management plans are written for each woodlands tract managed
by the university, addressing such areas as timber, soil, water and
Since 1992, 7,500 acres of woodlands throughout the state — half of the
total acreage of the University Forests — have been donated through the
Green Endowment. The university now manages inland and coastal forest
tracts from Whitneyville to Carthage and from Gray to Cary Plantation.
"Since the start of its forestry program in 1903, the University of
Maine has been recognized as having some of the best forest resource
programs in the country," says Bill Livingston, who coordinates the
distribution of the Green Endowment funds for the college.
"The Green Endowment is an innovation that is helping us to improve on
our excellent reputation. Revenues from the endowment have benefited
over 300 students in the last four years by helping to fund special
fieldtrips, new equipment, student travel to meetings and seminars, and
student research projects. Clearly, students have greatly benefited from
these generous gifts of land and the educational experiences our forest
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