Thursday, August 17, 2006

The forests of northern Maine: Going, going ... ?

  Northern Maine is in many ways the wildest and most sparsely populated area of the eastern half of the United States.  When timber prices were low back in the '90s, preservationists suggested that government and private trusts could buy up much of the region, which is bigger than each of the other New England states, for relative pennies … before development came.

   The news today is that a developer wants to get rezoning for a huge area near Moosehead Lake and construct the largest development in Maine's history.  The day may not be far off when northern Maine looks like the Great Smokies or the South Carolina coast -- boom regions of recreational housing development within reach of the huge eastern metropolises, especially in an era of massive retirement.  Here's a story about the Maine development project and the legal and lobbying controversies swirling around it.

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