After posting three columns about the sad state of landowner relations in Maine, it’s time to start telling the stories of some long-suffering private landowners. After reading the initial columns in this series on landowner relations, Pam Wells emailed me her story.
Pam and her husband Bryan are members of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. Pam is also a very talented photographer. I’m including a few of her recent photos with this column, to brighten up what is otherwise a very distressing story. Here it is, just as Pam sent it to me.
My name is Pam Wells and my husband (Bryan) and I own around 1000 acres of forested property in the Milford/Greenfield area. The Sunkhaze stream runs through the center of it and into Sunkhaze Meadows NWR. As you can imagine, we have a lot of people who like to use our property. As a rule, we allow people to hunt, walk, fish, and enjoy our property, but it becomes more difficult each year.