Robert Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine and director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about a five-year deal state forestry officials made with J.D. Irving Ltd., Maine’s largest landowner, allowing the company to exempt its 1.25 million acres of forestland from some clear-cutting regulations and harvesting standards. The agreement was made public when the Maine Forest Service gave lawmakers a report on an experimental program known as Outcome Based Forestry. Wagner is a member of the advisory panel that is overseeing the program. He told a legislative committee the program will improve forest management practices that have declined since the adoption of the Forest Practices Act in 1989.