Old fire lookout tower, Number Nine Mountain, ca. 1918Item 19126 info
Maine Forest Service
The Maine woods -- especially harvesting trees -- have been an important economic resource since Europeans first began visiting the region.
Protecting that resource also has been important. Maine has been a leader in fire protection, passing the first legislation to address the issue in 1891.
The law created a State Forest Commissioner (formerly known as a land agent) and made provision for appointment of fire wardens throughout the state.