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empire
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PLUM CREEK development in North Woods

from the Morning Sentinel(by Chris Churchill): "Plum Creek is proposing to rezone 426,000 acres of land in Somerset and Piscataquis counties.
If the Land Use Regulation Commission agrees to the rezoning, Plum Creek would develop about 10,000 acres, bringing two large resorts and about 1,000 house lots to the remote region. The plan was submitted to the Department of Conservation in April and immediately faced strong resistance"

PRO-DEVELOPMENT
"Supporters have cited the economic benefits the development would bring to a struggling region of the state"

CON DEVELOPMENT
"The Plum Creek Timber Co. has yet to convince Mainers -- even in the north -- that its North Woods development plan is a good idea, according to poll results released Friday"

RESTORE:NORTH WOODS
"These polls reflect that people are very concerned about development and changes in the North Woods," said Jym St. Pierre, executive director of Restore: The North Woods, which has pushed for a national park in the region where Plum Creek intends to build""The kinds of changes presented by the Plum Creek project are scary or unacceptable to a lot of people," St. Pierre said.









http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/2116943.shtml

Post Sat 05 Nov, 2005 6:13 am 
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empire
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it seems, the ordinary Mainers have been complaining about the organization "Restore:North Woods" in its efforts to preserve and create a national park in the North woods to (prevent Plum Creek-like developments). Now a private development comes in,buys up land to develop and ordinary Mainers do not want the North Woods to be developed, which is what Restore:North Woods has been wanting to prevent, but Mainers make fun of Roxanne Quimby and her organization.


Then you have ordinary Mainers that feel "the maine way" should be anyone,any business can do anything they want with the land they own, which is what Plum creek is doing and there is controversary about thier property rights.

What up?

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Learn a little more about restore's proposal and you will see why people would be against it.

I think it is the scope of the project is what turns people off to the Plum Creek project.

Post Sat 05 Nov, 2005 9:43 am 
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a liitle known fact about Maine's North Woods is some of
the world's largest corporations have purchased big sections of
the North Woods and other wooded areas in Maine.Corporations
like General Motors,Microsoft,etc. They must have some future
plans for the North Woods.

Post Sat 05 Nov, 2005 10:54 am 
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quote:
Originally posted by empire:
a liitle known fact about Maine's North Woods is some of
the world's largest corporations have purchased big sections of
the North Woods and other wooded areas in Maine.Corporations
like General Motors,Microsoft,etc. They must have some future
plans for the North Woods.



Its not a little known fact at all. I don't think there are many who already didn't know that the largest land owner in the state is Irving (and a Canadian company at that)

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Large corp. have always owned the north woods. They have historically allowed recreational public access to their lands.

LLCs are buying up those lands, and 'Green' groups, which is resulting in a loss of public acces.

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