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Maine Question 2, also known as the Permits for Clearcutting Act, was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Maine. It was defeated, with 28.3% of voters in favor.

Election results

Question 2
Defeatedd No459,23971.66%
Yes 181,643 28.34%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Initiative Statute Summary by Maine Secretary of State and Attorney General: This initiative amends the existing Forest Practices Act by adding provisions that will require owners of timberland to obtain a permit from the Maine Forest Service prior to undertaking any cutting that would result in a clear-cut, which is a term defined in existing law. Permits would be issued based on a finding that the clear-cut is silviculturally justified, that there are no reasonable alternatives to the proposed clear-cut and that the clear-cutting activity will not cause any undue adverse ecological damage.

The Act also prohibits landowners enrolled under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law from cutting trees on their land at a rate that exceeds the average annual growth rate of each species during the past ten years.

Finally, the Act authorizes the appointment by the Governor of a Maine Council on Sustainable Forest Management to establish rules, within six months, governing the issuance of permits for clear-cutting and implementation of the new restrictions on timber cutting by landowners enrolled under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law.

If approved, this Act would take effect 30 days after the proclamation of the vote.

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