AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul LePage announced last Thursday a plan that would merge Maine’s natural recourses committees, but his plan leaves out the Department of Marine Resources. Instead, he hopes to merge the State of Maine Agriculture Department and Conservation Department into a single division.
Gov. LePage’s office hopes to strengthen the natural resource economy in areas of conservation, farming and forestry, a spokesman said. The change would need legislative approval and enabling legislation is being drafted.
“Farming and forestry can be a significant part of our economic engine, and both these industries are important to Maine’s future,” said Gov. LePage. “These two departments are very similar and today divide funding resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It makes sense for these two agencies to work closer together towards economic prosperity.”