Hello again, this time from the beginning of day 4 of the Plum Creek intervener sessions. We’re just starting this morning and if it is anything like yesterday it should be interesting.
There was a lot of discussion yesterday about the locations of the development being proposed by Plum Creek. NRCM and Maine Audubon made the point that Plum Creek owns land in the Town of Greenville. None of the development in this proposal is actually in the Town of Greenville. In cross-examination of Plum Creek’s Luke Muzzy the NRCM/Maine Audubon team was able to get Plum Creek to admit that the 8,000 acres they own in Greenville is developable. This raised the question of why development isn’t being proposed for Greenville but instead 12 miles from town in remote places like Lily Bay.
Yesterday afternoon there was also a panel on economic impacts. Cross-examination of one witness by the Native Forest Network revealed that Plum Creek’s own study showed that the majority of jobs from this proposal would be part-time, seasonal, low-wage jobs.
For more on what happened yesterday take a look at this story in the Bangor Daily News today.
-Diano Circo, NRCM North Woods Policy Advocate and Outreach Coordinator