(ALL INTERNAL & EXTERNAL USES – NO COMMERCIAL USE) Winter in the woods of the Saint John River watershed in Maine. In the 1990s, The Nature Conservancy bought 286 square miles of forest around the Upper St. John River. While much of the forest is set aside as an ecological reserve, sustainable logging continues as a critical part of the local economy. In an effort to preserve the landscape and provide jobs, the surrounding Conservancy lands have been certified under the sustainable forestry guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council, ensuring that all wood harvesting is carried out in an environmentally sound and socially beneficial manner. Photograph taken for The Nature Conservancy’s ÒDesign for Living WorldÓ project and exhibit. PHOTO CREDIT: ©Ami Vitale
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