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The New Maine Wilderness

Rewilding for Global Resilience

Carter Terranova

David Watts

March 2021

Maine is a state with incredible history and incredible potential. Over the past few decades, Maine has experienced significant economic strain from the departure of the paper industry and the inability to establish new economic opportunities. This is a state that has the ability to do something big, not only for itself, but for the planet as a whole. The state is 90% forested land, which historically has only been used for extractive purposes, primarily logging for paper production. Though, today when we are already witnessing the impacts of climate change around the globe, when asking where the next step could be for Maine, one question is: How can Maine become a model for prioritizing planet over people? This is the question this project addresses, and thinks about a “what if” situation for removing people and allowing the environment to be the priority. Not only will this allow for the state’s natural systems to heal after decades of abuse, but also will act as a global example of land use for future climate resiliency.



Hey there, I’m Carter. I’m from Massachusetts but have spent the last 5 years out here on the West Coast. My project is located in Maine, originally inspired by my Nana who grew up in Millinocket, a small mill town that is largely at the focus of my work. Once graduated, I’ll be looking to get my Master of Arts in Teaching, in pursuit of a career educating students on topics related to this incredible planet we all call home. Other things that make me happy include anything outdoors, like canoeing, camping, and hiking in particular.

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