Baxter State Park Alarmed With Viewshed Concerns About Significant Structures and Night Lighting

In an open letter to the newly created Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument (KWWNM) to the east of Katahdin and Baxter State Park, BSP Director Jensen Bissell has expressed his concerns about the new monument's effect on views from Baxter State Park. Specifically, Jensen writes he is "particularly concerned with the addition of significant structures that may be visible from Katahdin, and from the impact of night lighting in the currently very night-sky-friendly area east of the park".

Hopefully the deeds conveyed to the national monument do not allow for monster green scam wind turbines. That said, one would guess that Mr. Bissell may be concerned about structures commonly found in national monuments such as visitor centers. If this is the case, then a far greater concern are the massive wind projects contemplated for areas just east of the new national monument, where met towers already dot the hills such as in places like Patten, Mt. Chase, Shin Pond, Sherman, Stacyville, Silver Ridge, Golden Ridge, Benedicta, Monarda, Molunkus, etc.  Such turbines, approaching 600' in height would greatly dwarf a visitor center or similar small building. Although perhaps a few miles further from Katahdin than a KWWNM visitor center, a wind factory would be far, far more visible from Katahdin, other peaks in Baxter State Park and likely the ridges in the new national monument.

When an industry that is built on fleecing taxpayers, sticking it to ratepayers and bribery is allowed to threaten gems such as Katahdin and Moosehead Lake -- as well as all of our beautiful tourism-reliant state, it is time to wake up legislators.

The full letter can be read here:



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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 14, 2016 at 1:46pm

@ Penny, I have and maybe you too, experienced what Maine once was as to its natural resources. A time when a Chain saw was but a new invention. My part of Maine is now nearly depleted of its natural beauty, with only the distant Mountains remaining. What we HAD was outstanding by far from coast to coast, with only the Ozark Mtns near comparison as one of my temporary residence.

What we have now, is in the final stages of a complete destruction with but about 3% of the land untouched by massive machines at one point since my birth.

All national parks, hold a unique special treasure seen nowhere else. But the mismanagement over time and permissions by our government officials over those same years to allow a slaughter of a States resources such as Maine's is government criminality with all past and present responsible.

Gateway communities, tend to lead to the destruction of the remaining treasures such as National Parks if not limited to an above the Norm stringent level.

Imagine if you will, as the rapid rate of development is on the rise, 20-30 story buildings surrounding this new park, in the next 50 years, resembling a view of Central Park in NYC. Yes the park may remain its current size, but the view from the gateway communities will once again spoil the views of good intent from within. 

Comment by Art Brigades on September 14, 2016 at 12:21pm

Consider both ends of the binoculars, Jensen.  

Also, Friends of Baxter State Park' Board (includes wind shills like Alec Giffen and Karin Tilburg as well as anti-wind folks like Jym St. Pierre) has accepted wind encroachment "because we need wind power to get off oil and protect the park from climate change."    - Past President Barbara Bentley

Comment by Paula D Kelso on September 13, 2016 at 7:53pm

It's kind of interesting that in Oregon I don't believe they even think of putting turbines on mountains, they locate them on the Eastern Oregon flat land. Having camped in the Cascades, I think siting turbines in the mountains there would be unthinkable to Oregonians. I never felt like an Oregonian to the core but the State does (I presume still does) revere its natural heritage. Many opportunities exist for the public to enjoy that heritage with numerous primitive state parks and BLM areas. Where Maine shoreland, especially salt water, is in private hands, in Oregon it is publicly owned. But it lacks Maine's ponds and coves. Nothing in the National Parks I've seen between here and there retains that undeveloped natural heritage which so many of us treasure. I grew up near Acadia, sure we went there occasionally and took visitors to see, but we always were glad that the out-of-staters left after Labor Day and gave us Hancock County back until the next Fourth of July. I've never been to Baxter but I want it stay a respite from civilization. Is that such a selfish thing to ask?

Comment by Pineo Girl on September 13, 2016 at 7:40pm

Those are humbling words Penny - And well taken - What this is all about is trust and good faith at this point!

Comment by Penny Gray on September 13, 2016 at 6:55pm

It's truly difficult, for me at least, to know how this is going to pan out.  But since it's a done deal, I'm hoping for the best.  I've visited many of our national parks and been humbled by the beauty of the areas and vision of those who made it possible for me to stand and hike and explore in those places and not be on someone's lawn or in someone's backyard.  Let's hope for the best for Maine's woods, waters and mountains.  What we have here is truly outstanding and worthy of our protection.  Hopefully that protection will extend to the banning of ALL inappropriate development in the area.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on September 13, 2016 at 5:20pm

NRCM appears to be assuming the self-appointed role of "Butt-inski" with regard to the national monument.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 13, 2016 at 3:48pm

I first thought the park may be a good Idea as to preserve more of Maine's lands. Then after attending an NRCM presentation, I walked away against their notions of development outside the park. I just received an Email with an invitation to go to meetings of discussions on how to develop or manage the new Monument lands. Already the slaughtering schemes are to unfold.

Comment by Pineo Girl on September 13, 2016 at 1:51pm

In previous post I meant would Not support Roxanne Quimby's national park plans.

Comment by Pineo Girl on September 13, 2016 at 12:13pm

Roxanne Quimby proved she was not trustworthy when she open her land to snowmobilers and then shut it down again when they would support her national park plans.  And lets not forget - You can see Bull Hill from Acadia National Park.  The truth is our current US administration doesn't give a damn about our national parks - our national symbol, the bald eagle, our nation or us!


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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 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?" 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.”

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