“When we work in balance with nature, the land takes care of us.”
- Steve Sinisi, Maine farmer
For Steve and Seren Sinisi, farming means caring for the land. That’s why they worked with Royal River Conservation Trust to conserve their farm.
“Our livestock thrive because of hard work, healthy soils and plentiful water,” says Steve. “When we work in balance with nature, the land takes care of us.”
Conservation with and for Farmers
The Conservancy’s conservation work is both supportive of, and reliant on Maine farmers. On one hand, we advance policies that support farmland conservation and complete conservation actions that protect abundant, clean water. At the same time, well-managed agricultural lands act as a complement to conservation areas. In the Conservancy’s vision of Maine as a vibrant mosaic of healthy communities, working lands and natural areas, ongoing partnership with farmers is crucial.
Supporting the Farm/Conservation Connection
In the past 25 years, the Land for Maine’s Future program has conserved farmland at more than 26 sites, totaling more than 7,300 acres across the state. The Nature Conservancy has long supported LMF to conserve working farms that also buffer sensitive waters and provide wildlife habitat, in addition to feeding Mainers.
Supporting a U.S. Farm Bill
The Conservancy strongly supports reauthorizing a 5-year Farm Bill with robust conservation and forestry provisions. The Farm Bill is the nation’s largest investment supporting the voluntary conservation, restoration and management of America’s private lands. These activities are critical for a strong economy and healthy fish and wildlife habitats.
Supporting Incentives for Landowners
The health of Maine’s forests hinges on responsible management and state policies that encourage landowners to keep lands forested. Since 1972, landowners who manage their forests well have been eligible for incentives under the Tree Growth Tax Law. Long supported by the Conservancy, this program is good for Maine.