Angus King's 22 Record Hill Wind Turbines from atop Mahoosuc Land Trust's Rumford Whitecap Property
The Maine Land Trust Network has a piece in the Portland Press Herald today talking about the importance of tourism. See the link to this piece at the bottom of this post.
One would hope that the Maine Land Trust Network would be doing everything in its power to help stop the scourge of industrial wind in Maine. Unfortunately, we know that some land trusts benefit from "mitigation money" coming from industrial wind projects. Also, we sometimes see that the boards of land trusts include persons whose employers have been supporters of industrial wind.
A very quick glance at the steering committee of the Maine Land Trust Network reveals individuals with ties to industrial wind. For example, KARIN TILBERG was Governor Baldacci's senior policy advisor and pressed BALDACCI'S WIND TASK FORCE MEMBERS to issue a unanimous set of recommendations that led the way for the state's horrendous wind law in 2008. Maine Audubon biologist at the time, JODY JONES was a member of the same wind task force whose work unleashed desecration of Maine by wind installations and new transmission.
If one looks at the Maine Advisory Board for the Trust For Public Land, we see three wind industry connected individuals on the five member board:
- Angus S. King III - headed up mergers & acquisitions for First Wind (father is U.S. Sen Angus King)
- David Wilby - was VP, Director of External Affairs for First Wind; member of Baldacci's wind task force
- Neil Kiely - was Director of Development at First Wind
Press Herald Maine Voices: Feb 9, 2018
Land trust lands also support the state’s thriving tourism industry, which is one of Maine’s most important economic drivers – its statewide economic impact is estimated at $9 billion, with 36 million visitors paying $596 million in taxes to the state last year alone...................These range from family-friendly nature paths in communities like Freeport, to more challenging routes ending atop bald summits in rural corners of Oxford County, and everything in between.