Statement from The Nature Conservancy Supporting Today's Maine Law Court Decision Regarding Approval for Plum Creek’s Moosehead Concept Plan
Maine Law Court confirms the Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of the Plum Creek Concept Plan.
March 15, 2012
The Nature Conservancy supports today’s decision by the Maine Law Court that confirms the Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of the Plum Creek Concept Plan for the Moosehead region.
According to Mike Tetreault, Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, the organization has been confident in this outcome. “We believe it is not only the appropriate decision but that it is in the best interest of the state” said Tetreault, “The certainty this provides will now allow communities, outdoors enthusiast and sporting interests to plan for a bright future.”
“Beyond our support for the court’s decision, we are enthusiastic about the dramatic conservation outcomes that will now be realized: Within 45 days, The Nature Conservancy will secure a working forest conservation easement on 363,000 acres in the Moosehead Lake region, which will be held by the Forest Society of Maine. This will remove dozens of remote ponds from the threat of development - all within a landscape of productive forestry, protected habitat and public access. These lands will continue to draw visitors as they have for centuries,” Tetreault said.
These conservation easement lands will be added to the 45,000 acres previously acquired from Plum Creek by the State, The Nature Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club, to create over 400,000 acres of conserved land. That will create an unprecedented corridor of conserved forest, waterways and wildlife habitat in northern Maine. We are grateful to our partners in state government, at AMC and at the Forest Society of Maine for their vision and steadfastness.
Stepping back: While this has been a long process, it has benefited from a wide variety of perspectives. Over several years, the Land Use Regulation Commission worked hard to gather and evaluate the thoughts of many interests and approved this plan unanimously. The Law Court has now affirmed LURC’s decision, also unanimously.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.