Mitchell Center to Host Forest Management Challenges Conference Nov. 28 – Daily Bulldog

ORONO – Senator George J. Mitchell’s Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a lecture titled “Sustainability Is Not Enough: From Stewardship to Reciprocity” at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 28.

In this lecture, Roger Milliken, Chairman of the Board of the Baskahegan Company, discusses the conflicts between traditional forest management practices and the contemporary needs of modern forests and society. Drawing on insights gained over 40 years of forest management and conservation, Milliken will describe the tensions experienced by those who care for forests, as well as the conflicts between seeing forests as resources and as communities to which humans belong.

Milliken ran the Baskahegan Company, founded by his grandfather in 1920, from 1983 to 2020. The same year he took over the company, he published a book titled “Forest for the Trees; A history of the Baskahegan company. During his tenure, the organization expanded its land base to 150,000 acres, while practicing a high level of economically and environmentally responsible forestry. Milliken was also active in conservation efforts in northern New England, including the passage of Maine’s Forest Practices Act and the creation of the state’s Ecological Reserve System. He joined The Nature Conservancy’s Global Board of Trustees in 2000 and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2011.

All lectures in the Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Talks series are free and offered remotely via Zoom and in person at 107 Norman Smith Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono. Registration is required to attend remotely; to register and receive login information, visit the event webpage.

Please note that face coverings are mandatory for everyone attending the Mitchell Center Sustainability Talks. For the latest UMaine health and safety guidelines, please visit

Updates to this event will be posted on the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196; [email protected]