By Sandra Neily, Special to the BDN Bangor Daily News op-ed I thank George Smith for his recent blog post about deer and how the next spruce budworm epidemic might be managed to support the northern herd. He knows there’s no good news. However, printing industry’s “plan” without translating the academic language means the bad Read More
Plum Creek's Massive Moosehead Proposal
In April 2005, Seattle-based Plum Creek submitted a development proposal for the Moosehead Lake region that was the largest development ever proposed in Maine. The company’s proposal called for 975 house lots, 2 resorts, a golf course, a marina, 3 RV parks—with convenience stores, beauty salons, and gas stations—and more than 100 rental cabins, right in the heart of Maine’s spectacular Moosehead Lake region.
NRCM was the first organization to oppose this plan, which, in addition to too much development in the wrong places, proposed no additional permanent conservation. NRCM spoke out, and so did the people of Maine, including residents of the Moosehead region. As a result of NRCM’s work, the Plum Creek plan was improved — less sprawling, with much improved required conservation measures, and with proposed development removed from remote ponds and other areas.
A watchdog group files a complaint about the logging practices of one of the nation’s largest timber producers, which owns about 865,000 acres in Maine. By Jeff Barnard, The Associated Press Portland Press Herald news story GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly “green lumber” certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of Read More
by Amy Sinclair NECN news story The historic agreement between the Nature Conservancy and Plum Creek protects 363, 000-acres of forest land around Moosehead Lake, including 80 ponds, 800 miles of river frontage and 200 miles of lakeshore around Maine’s largest. “So folks are welcome, they have access now to go hiking, go fishing go Read More
By Kevin Miller and Seth Koenig, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine â Calling it the “missing piece” to a 2 million-acre jigsaw puzzle, groups on Tuesday announced the completion of a 363,000-acre conservation deal that was key to Plum Creek winning regulatory approval for its historic Moosehead Lake development plan. Representatives Read More
By Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story PORTLAND â Representatives from The Nature Conservancy, the Forest Society of Maine and the Plum Creek timber company came together today to celebrate the historic conservation easement they negotiated on 363,000 acres in the Moosehead Lake region. The easement is considered one of the largest Read More
WCSH-6 TV news story PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Environmentalists and town officials in Greenville are celebrating a massive conservation easement that will protect a huge swath of forest land for wildlife, recreation and forestry. “Just yesterday, we finally closed on the 2nd largest conservation easement ever done in the United States’s history,” Mike Tetreault, Read More
The region’s primitive beauty deserves protection similar to that given Mount Katahdin. By John Radebaugh Portland Press Herald op-ed I was shocked that the Plum Creek proposal received approval from the Maine Judicial Court on March 15 to develop the Moosehead Lake area, allowing 821 house lots and more than l,200 housing units in the Big Read More
by Lisa Pohlmann, NRCM Executive Director We are disappointed in today’s decision about Plum Creek’s development proposal on lands around Moosehead Lake. We respect the court’s decision. Through the active engagement of thousands of Maine people the final plan was significantly improved from the original plan, though it remains the largest development plan in the Read More
By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story PORTLAND, Maine â Maine’s highest court on Thursday ruled that state regulators followed proper procedures when approving Plum Creek’s historic development plan for the Moosehead Lake region. The state supreme court disagreed with a lower court that had ordered the Land Use Regulation Commission to Read More