Note from CTFWP: Let's hope they take a strong, strong stand against any wind anywhere near Katahdin. The area is presently littered with met towers and "picturesque scenes" like the one above have long been on the drawing boards of the wind con men from Massachusetts to the People's Republic of China. They are salivating for subsidies, Katahdin be damned. Just plain wrong.
January 9, 2018
The Katahdin Collaborative, a regional platform for municipalities, dozens of community groups, businesses, clubs and organizations, is launching a regional visioning process called “Katahdin Gazetteer: a roadmap to the future.”
The process kicks off in February 2018 and will take approximately 12 months to complete, according to a press release issued Friday. The Katahdin Collaborative was founded in 2015 as a network to facilitate communication, leverage resources and foster collaboration among volunteer groups, businesses, non-profit institutions and municipalities working toward the revitalization of the Katahdin Region. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/Katahdin-Collaborative-2059770070935244/
Future iQ, a global consulting firm specializing in future and strategic planning, has been hired to facilitate the process.
The Katahdin region, including Mt. Chase, Sherman, Patten, Stacyville, East Millinocket, Millinocket, and Medway, has been transformed by population loss and unemployment due to collapse of the paper industry and other factors...........................
Katahdin Gazetteer: a roadmap to the future, is funded by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and Jane’s Trust.
Continue reading: https://thecounty.me/2018/01/09/news/business-news/katahdin-collabo...
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
With winter swirling all about the Northeast, the folks at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine are planning to host a public meeting on winter use in the monument.
The meeting, set for January 24, is designed to help the National Park Service better understand the diversity of opportunities and concerns related to winter activities and to help inform the development of a management plan for the national monument.
*In the event the meeting is rescheduled due to weather, an announcement will be posted to the park website.
The meeting will open with an overview of winter activities and planning efforts to date, including the themes that emerged during the listening sessions held in 2016. A breakout session to discuss potential future winter activities will follow. While attendees are encouraged to join the meeting at 6 p.m., the breakout session format will accommodate those who may need to arrive after the start of the meeting. For more information on this or future meetings please email KAWW_Superintendent@nps.gov.
Get Involved in the Planning Process
In 2016 the Park Service committed to completing a management plan for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in three years. A series of listening sessions and a workshop were held in 2016 and 2017 to hear from the public about the future management of the monument. Topics and discussion items from these events may be viewed online and will help shape the content of public meetings on the management plan.
The planning process will be facilitated by The Musson Group, a Maine-based consulting firm specializing in Land Use and Community Planning, Economic Development, Permitting and Project Management.
Public meetings will be held throughout 2018 to hear from community members and interested groups on a variety of management topics. More information on upcoming meetings and the planning process will be upcoming.
"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."
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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/
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