Every Wind Warrior must be OUTRAGED by the action of DEP staff to kowtow to RoxWind attorney Juliet Browne's interpretation that Rumford Whitecap, a Mahoosuc Land Trust Preserve is NOT a Scenic Resource of State or National Significance, in spite of the fact that taxpayer money, including $235,000. from the Land for Maine's Future Fund (from bond issues), was used to secure the summit of this jewel of the Mahoosucs for public enjoyment.
VERY IMPORTANT MEETING IN ROXBURY ON MONDAY, JANUARY 7. PLEASE ATTEND AND SPEAK OUT!
A public comment session regarding the RoxWind proposal and its impact on Rumford Whitecap will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 starting at 6 PM at the Roxbury Town Hall.
Rumford Whitecap is a jewel of western Maine that took Mahoosuc Land Trust many years and millions of dollars to buy land on the summit, secure conservation easements and secure public access. It is the lowest elevation in Maine to find alpine flora, its ledges show striations left by the retreating glacier of the last ice age, and it has 360 degree view to Mt. Washington to the south and the High Peaks area around Sugarloaf to the north. The views of the Mahoosuc Range and the Androscoggin River Valley are astounding.
Yet, the DEP staff have DENIED reviewing visual impact of the RoxWind turbines by ruling the Rumford Whitecap Preserve is NOT a "Scenic Resource of State or National Significance"! (SRSNS) Everyone should be outraged by this determination, published just a few days ago on January 2, 2019. Furthermore, the ruling is NOT transparent because it has not been posted for the public on the DEP website. It would appear that DEP is determined to ram through another wind project that will have taller turbines than Record Hill and will be on North Twin Mt., just 2 miles from Rumford Whitecap (much closer than Record Hill and in the sight line to Tumbledown Mt.)
Please come to Roxbury and speak out to protect further damage to the views from Rumford Whitecap! We need to express OUTRAGE that Rumford Whitecap is not being considered a SRSNS and thus further impacted by more wind turbines! All the information you need regarding the meeting, how to submit comments if you can't attend, and links to information about the project are here, provided by Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power.
The RoxWind turbines will be on North Twin Mt., seen here as the prominent ridge between Record Hill Wind and Black Mt to the right.