Environment Maine
The Sun Journal
Steve Mistler, staff writer

In 1969, Republican state lawmaker Harrison Richardson attempted to bring some order to Maine's "wildlands." Richardson, and many other political leaders, felt the handful of large corporations that owned most of Maine's North Woods were putting profits ahead of public interest. The largest contiguous forest east of the Mississippi and the 10.4 million acres of what's known as unorganized territory in Maine may be largely privately owned, he said, but it was ultimately a state resource that needed state oversight.