ORONO — Alan Hutchinson, a Maine conservationist who worked to protect waterfronts in the state’s forests, has died at age 70.

Hutchinson died Sunday at his home in Orono.

During his 20 years as executive director of the Forest Society of Maine, Hutchinson played a major role in conserving more than 1 million acres in Maine at a time when the state’s timber industry, land ownership and outdoor recreation trends were changing dramatically.

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