Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement regarding the passing of Alan Hutchinson, the executive director of the Forest Society of Maine:
“A highly respected member of the forestry community, Alan Hutchinson devoted his life to preserving working forests and Maine’s pristine environment.
“As the founding executive director of the Forest Society of Maine, Alan grew the organization to become one of the nation’s top five largest land trusts. Over the past two decades, the Forest Society of Maine has conserved more than one million acres of forestland along with numerous lakes and rivers.
“Alan’s invaluable contributions to the forestry community will be deeply missed, but he will long be remembered for his leadership and vision. His tireless work to preserve Maine’s forests has created a rich legacy that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors to our state for many years to come.”