In Memoriam: Rand Stowell, FMM's Founder

7/18/18

Rest in Peace Rand, with deepest sympathies to the Stowell family.

From the website of Friends of Maine's Mountains.

We report with heavy hearts that FMM Chairman of the Board and founder Rand Stowell has passed away.

The Stowell family has been an important part of Maine history for literally centuries.  Although the family's United Timberlands Corporation is no longer a giant of the forest products industry, Rand perpetuated the Stowell tradition of protecting natural resources and Maine's signature Quality of Place. 

Rand founded Friends of Maine's Mountains in 2009, after learning that the legislature had swiftly and without debate passed a sweeping new law that rolled out the red carpet for an unprecedented land use of massive scope and scale: wind energy development.  Rand correctly surmised that Maine would eventually regret pursuing the ambitious goals that the Wind Law established, so he and FMM set out to prevent the massive economic and environmental destruction for so little benefit. 

FMM and the local wind resistance efforts that it supports thank Rand for his leadership and tireless effort. A decade after the torrid onslaught of wind development commenced, Maine is now home to some 400 turbines with 900 megawatts of generating capacity. While the threat persists, and FMM continues the fight, wind developers increasingly appear to be looking offshore. Against extraordinarily difficult odds, the wind resistance movement has held development to below 50% of the statutory goals. While Rand believed 900 megawatts of installed wind capacity is too much for the Maine Brand to withstand, he took great satisfaction in his work to minimize the impact.

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http://www.friendsofmainesmountains.org/fmm/2018/7/18/in-memoriam-r...

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Comment by arthur qwenk on July 24, 2018 at 10:45am

What Rand helped start,many others now continue.

  • Rand should rest knowing his passion,knowledge and dedication for battling a scourge to Maine' s mountains and environmental sole will continue.

Comment by Art Brigades on July 19, 2018 at 2:50pm

So few people posessed the critical thinking or the political fortitude to call out the wind folly, the Emperor’s New Clothes” of energy. Rand is a true Maine hero who suffered the scorn and misdeeds of the establishment. But they couldn’t lay a glove on him as he soldiered on, volunteering thousands of hours and dollars for the cause. The memorial gathering in Weld Sunday should be well-attended. 

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 19, 2018 at 12:06pm

Rand 's passion for the mountains was never as poignant as when he testified in Dixfield at the DEP informational meeting for Saddleback in front of 200 people. 

Tears were gently rolling from his eyes, and soon from many of ours present and listening, when he lauded the importance of keeping the mountains safe from turbines.  

Your work and dedication will never be forgotten.

Thank you and may you rest in peace .  

Comment by Mary Kay Barton on July 19, 2018 at 9:27am

Very sad to read this news.  God bless Rand Stowell and his family. May he rest in peace!

Comment by Eskutassis on July 18, 2018 at 3:33pm

Truly one of the passionate leaders of our alliance. Rand could always be counted on for information and support for the cause. He will be deeply missed among us. Rest in Peace Rand.

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