Maine Eliminate Clearcutting Initiative, Question 2A (1996)

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Maine Question 2A, also known as An Act to Promote Forest Rehabilitation and Eliminate Clearcutting, was on the November 5, 1996 election ballot in Maine. It was defeated.

Election results

Number of Votes: 175,078 with 29.3% of the Votes.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

[Note: This referendum requires the voters to choose among a proposed law initiated by petition (2A), a competing measure approved by the Legislature for submittal to the voters (2B), or to reject both (2C).]

This initiated legislation would prohibit the removal, in any 15-year period, of more that 1/3 of the volume of trees of 4.5 inches and greater in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground on any acre in the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission, primarily the unorganized territories and plantations of the State, and would impose standards for the amount, location, health and diversity of trees that must remain standing after a harvesting operation in that area. The initiative would also prohibit the clearcutting of trees in the Commission's jurisdiction resulting in a stand totaling less than 30 square feet per acre of trees 4.5 inches and greater in diameter at 4.5 feet above the ground, and would impose additional requirements regarding delimbing and slash disposal.

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