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June 7, 2011

Former Hancock Lumber CEO named to LURC

Toby Hammond, the former CEO of Hancock Lumber, has been confirmed as a member of the Land Use Regulation Commission.

Hammond, of Naples, was nominated this spring by Gov. Paul LePage and confirmed by the Maine Senate on Friday, according to a press release from the governor's office. Hammond was CEO and chairman of Hancock Lumber and Hancock Land until 2000, and still remains on the company's board of directors. He has previously served on the Maine Forest Products Council and the Finance Authority of Maine, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Commission of Northern Forest Lands. Founded in 1848, The Hancock Cos. manages 40,000 acres of timberland and operates three sawmills and 10 building-supply locations.

LURC oversees the planning and zoning for the state's townships, plantations and unorganized territories, comprising about 10.4 million acres. Its seven members are appointed by the governor. Following an initial proposal to eliminate LURC, members of the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee attempted to reach a bipartisan compromise on a plan to reform the commission instead, but negotiations broke down. The full House and Senate must still consider the Democratic and GOP proposals, according to the Bangor Daily News.

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