Private forest periphery: industrial colonization of the Maine woods

Jacob Mentlik

Document Type Dissertation/Thesis


Using the core/periphery framework, this study demonstrates the parallel processes of exploitation occurring in the Maine Woods and in regions of the developing world, which are similarly rich with natural resources. While the negative impacts of the forest industry on the environment of Maine have been widely noted, and the manipulative practices of labor employed by paper corporations have previously been explored, the overall colonial management of Maine's forest periphery deserves more attention. It is the intent of this study to shed light on the nature of this exploitation and the specific problems faced by the Maine Woods region and its communities, in order to generate resistance and reforms to 'the status quo.' By highlighting the similarities between the exploitative global capitalist system and the comparable tendencies of the profitable forest industry in Maine, this work attempts to create an opposition to the overalll structures and policies, which allow such mistreatment to occur and to provide some alternatives with the hope of improving upon the situation in the Maine Woods.