Think Snow? -- No, THANK SNOW!!! -- Greenland Ridge Purchased

When I read this extraordinary and motivating news, I was reminded of the plaque in Island Falls commemorating Teddy Roosevelt's visits to the lakes there, also under threat from the wind industry:

Stranger, rest here and consider what one man, having faith in the right and love for his fellow man was able to do for his country."

Greenland Ridge Purchased!

Keep It Grand is pleased to announce that Flagstaff Mountain and Greenland Ridge have been purchased by David and Lynette Snow, Jr. of Darien, CT from Haynes Timberlands.

The transfer of ownership constitutes an abrupt and welcome change of course for the highlands overlooking East Grand Lake, which have been targeted for a major industrial wind power grid. Under the new ownership, wind turbines will no longer threaten the spectacular beauty of this border lake, shared by neighbors from Maine and New Brunswick.

The 5,315-acre tract lies wholly within the town of Danforth, and incorporates about 5.3 miles of ridgeline from north to south. All of Greenland Ridge and 1,050-foot-high Flagstaff Mountain, the focus of an extensive field of wind towers and turbines proposed by developer Cianbro, Inc. and Haynes Timberlands, is included in the parcel. The tract also includes 4,400 feet of frontage along East Grand Lake and approximately 15,000 feet of frontage on Sucker Lake.

“This is a magnificent parcel of land,” said KIG president Wes Lord. “Its high elevation and dramatic views over East Grand Lake make it special. And in the same token, the special character of East Grand depends on the natural integrity of this unspoiled range. Folks along the lake can take a deep breath of relief.”

The Snow family first came to East Grand Lake in 1905, when William and Elinor Snow (David’s great grandparents) purchased half of Manley Island. Since that time, generations have summered on the lake and have gained a deep affection for the area. The Snows presently spend summers at their family cottage in Forest City.

“Our intent is to maintain the parcel as working timberland, in order to preserve local jobs reliant on the flow of wood and fiber from the forest,” said David Snow recently. “Those jobs are important to local communities here. This tract has been aggressively harvested, and we would like to manage it in a way that is more sustainable. We will secure professional forestry counsel to guide decisions on the land.”

The Snows also plan to allow outdoor recreation such as hunting and snowmobiling. “There is significant game habitat on this parcel, and Maine people are accustomed to the privilege of open lands. So long as the land is respected, we hope to keep it open for public low-intensity recreation.”

Haynes Timberlands is owned by Malcolm and Barbara French of Enfield, Maine. Their ownership tenure is terminated as of April 28, 2014. Plans are in place to remove the two meteorological towers by July 31, 2014.

“Folks around the lake owe much gratitude to KIG Board Member David Snow, who has stepped forward to rescue those values we all cherish,” added Lord. “Thank you!”

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Comment by Paula Moore on May 1, 2014 at 4:51am

This may be one of the best strategies to protect Maine's view sheds. Wind resisters need to turn into Roxanne Quimby's and buy our mountains. Buy back Maine!

Comment by Mike DiCenso on April 30, 2014 at 10:00pm

So the Million Dollar View will continue to be so...thanks to the KIG folks and thanks to Dave and Lynette Snow.  I am happy another Maine lake will not have industrial wind junk polluting the viewshed. I wonder what Haynes Timberlands planted on this parcel besides trees...

Comment by Ellin Beltz on April 30, 2014 at 1:16am

That is incredible news!!! I am so excited for you, great of the Keep it Grand people to buy the property and remove the met towers.   I'm doing the happy dance for you all the way from California!!

Comment by Brad Blake on April 29, 2014 at 11:49pm

I thought it worthwhile to post a photo of what we WON'T be seeing.  This is the photo simulation of what the turbines would have looked like from the famous "Million Dollar View" scenic turnout on US Rte One.  From the website of "Keep It Grand".  Again, Congratulations!!!

Comment by Brad Blake on April 29, 2014 at 10:50pm

This is absolutely astounding!  Hooray!  We must be sure the Snows get nominated for the NRCM Environmental Award!

Comment by mary l truman on April 29, 2014 at 10:31pm

There are many trusted sustainable-forest Maine landowners to consult, and programs teaching sustainable forestry. Many of which and whom are in Piscataquis County, as well as Down East.  Many thanks to the Snow's for their generosity and insight in keeping Maine productive AND beautiful!

Comment by Penny Gray on April 29, 2014 at 8:21pm

Awesome.  Just awesome.

Comment by Karen Bessey Pease on April 29, 2014 at 7:48pm

OMG... :) :)


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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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