Whom does the view of Katahdin belong to?

There you go again "environmental" groups.

Whom does the view of Katahdin belong to?

An observation tower put up for hikers changed the view for artists, a conflict that could continue with more development in the area.

When Jen Woodworth looked across Millinocket Lake with the morning sun a week or so ago, her eyes caught a glint atop Trout Mountain that she had not seen before. A new 80-foot observation tower, extending some 30 feet above the tree line, glistened with the sunrise. Instead of looking at Katahdin rising beyond to the north, her eyes kept going back to the tower, which she said “blazes like a spotlight, especially in the morning.”

Woodworth, whose family owns the historic Rhodora camp where the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church painted Katahdin hundreds of times for 20 years in the late 1800s, was angry and appalled. She posted about it on social media and contacted the Nature Conservancy of Maine to express her concerns. A week later, the Nature Conservancy responded by announcing it would spray the portion of the newly built galvanized steel tower above the tree line with a solution to dull the shine. The Nature Conservancy is hiring a contractor to do the work, which should be completed shortly, said Nancy Sferra, director of land management for the Maine chapter of the Nature Conservancy.....................................................

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The new tower, which replaces one that had been there from 1931 to 1977 and was removed for safety reasons, is the latest chapter of an ongoing narrative about development on the edge of Baxter State Park “and other sacred places,” said Jym St. Pierre, Maine director of Restore: The North Woods and board secretary of Friends of Baxter Park. “How do we protect the places that are just outside the borders of the places we have preserved,” he asked. That question takes on a different dimension when longstanding views of iconic places are threatened by development, including development intended to help people appreciate nature in different ways.

The construction of the tower and other initiatives aimed at giving people access to Maine’s North Woods also raises questions about whose views and outdoor experiences matter more – those of the hikers using the trails today or the painters, writers and other artists who have drawn inspiration and inspired others with their dramatic renderings of the Maine woods and mountains for generations, including Church and Marsden Hartley, and those who still do, like the contemporary painters David Little of Portland, Evelyn Dunphy of West Bath and Marsha Donahue of Millinocket.

St. Pierre predicted the issue would become more pronounced in the years ahead as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument begins building its infrastructure. It’s also a timely discussion this weekend, which marks the 100th anniversary of Percival Baxter’s first summit of Katahdin, the event that, more than any other, led to his vision to create the park, St. Pierre said. Even with the apparent resolution of the tower’s glare, St. Pierre said the construction of the tower concerns him about the future of Baxter’s vision and the preservation of longstanding “viewsheds” with cultural significance.

“I do not want to see the Nature Conservancy or anybody else building towers on the edge of Baxter State Park so we can peek in,” he said. “That is not what Henry David Thoreau was talking about when he described the view of Katahdin and the light reflecting off the lakes................................

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In the shadow of Katahdin: First Wind applying to erect wind speed test poles in Aroostook County

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 22, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.

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ASHLAND, Maine — A subsidiary of First Wind that already has three wind farms in Maine and two other applications pending is seeking to erect a series of test poles in a remote area of Maine’s Unorganized Territory.

First Wind subsidiary King Pine Wind LLC filed applications with the Land Use Regulation Commission last month for the 13 test poles, each of which would be fitted with a meteorological device that collects wind data over a period of time.

Billie J. MacLean, who is LURC’s regional representative out of Ashland, said King Pine Wind’s applications generally follow the Route 11 corridor between the Aroostook County towns of Ashland and Patten. According to LURC documents, the applications are for towers in T6 R6, T7 R6, T7 R5, T8 R5, Dudley Township and St. Croix Township.

First Wind spokesman John Lamontagne said the intent of the applications is to allow for testing of wind strength in the area.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean these locations are suitable for a wind project,” said Lamontagne. “If we receive permits, we hope to test the wind speed in those locations.”

MacLean said all but one of the towers would be shorter than 200 feet — though in many cases by only a few feet. One tower would exceed 200 feet and require warning lights for passing aircraft. The towers would be made of 8-inch tubular poles supported by guy wires and anchors in the ground. The towers in general require the clearing of 3 to 4 acres of forest, though MacLean said some of them would be located in existing clear cuts if the applications are successful. The LURC permits would be valid for up to seven years.

The towers would be installed on land owned by Aroostook Timberlands, which is a subsidiary of Irving Woodlands LLC. According to MacLean, First Wind has memoranda of agreement with Irving for the new test sites. First Wind already has a permit to erect a 34-turbine wind farm in Oakfield, which is in the general area of the proposed test sites, though Lamontagne said First Wind has reapplied to build that project on a larger scale.

First Wind subsidiaries already operate wind farms in Mars Hill, at the Stetson project near Danforth and on Rollins Mountain near Lincoln. In the next couple of months, LURC is scheduled to give final consideration to First Wind applications for wind farms near Eastbrook, which is known as the Bull Hill project, and the Bowers Mountain project near Lee.

MacLean said King Pine Wind’s test pole applications have been reviewed by state agencies and have been posted on LURC’s website since last month, but that so far there have been no comments from the general public. Because of the simplicity of the applications, they do not require approval from the LURC board itself but are reviewed by staff, in this case MacLean, according to LURC Director Catherine Carroll.

“The applications are being processed right now,” said Carroll.

Lamontagne said he expects the test poles, which likely would be installed by the end of the year if permits are granted, will collect years’ worth of data before decisions are made about new wind farms.

“Aroostook County has been very supportive of wind,” said Lamontagne. “It’s a good place to do business.”

 

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GUEST COLUMN

Baxter’s legacy sacrificed on wind altar

Posted Feb. 25, 2011, at 6:17 p.m.
 

Following NRCM’s recent rally at the Hall of Flags protesting that the LePage administration was about to destroy 40 years of good stewardship of the land, its new executive director, Lisa Pohlman, wrote an essay on its website suggesting that Mainers write a letter to the governor telling him why they love their state and what they would want to see done to help protect it. So this is my story.

There was once a beautiful region that became slowly engulfed by a glacial sheet 25,000 years ago. The advancing glacier created striations in the bedrock, shaped mountains and formed open bowl-shaped features called cirques. Where the highland above the cirques was narrow, thin ridges called aretes were produced, a good example being the Knife Edge on Mount Katahdin.

Then, about 18,000 years ago, in response to a warming climate, the glacier receded, reshaping the river valleys of the region that would become our beautiful state. From north to south and east to west, a most intricate landscape was created, with miles upon miles of soft ridges inhabited by a wide diversity of trees and animals.

By 2020, what millennia of nature’s work had created will have been destroyed. Within 10 years, earth movers will have blasted the mountain tops into submission and giant cranes will have spread thousands of steel towers with arm-waving blades, covering the entire mountain landscape so patiently designed by the powerful forces of nature.

From the top of beautiful Knife Edge to the western mountains, from the magical glacier pond of Tumbledown Mountain to the Down East lake watershed, from the River Valley area mountains surrounding the majestic Androscoggin River and Roxbury Pond to Mars Hill, from the hills of Freedom and Vinalhaven to the Lincoln Lakes area, the only thing the eye will see will be steel towers covering the mountains, governed by central operating control centers far away from the mountains.

With the stroke of a pen, an uninformed governor named John Baldacci sacrificed the natural art work that millions of individuals had grown to love. Maine’s landscape was destroyed because of a bill called LD 2283 which sacrificed an entire state to the wind industry.

Gov. Percival Baxter once wrote about Mount Katahdin, “It stands above the plain unique in grandeur and glory.” We miss you, Gov. Baxter. You were a far cry from Gov. Baldacci who signed the law that would destroy your legacy. That is my story.

What can you do? You can disassociate yourself from the people who made a pact with the devil and allowed this to happen.

Please stop your support for NRCM, the organization which pushed hard for this disaster to happen. If you do, maybe some of Maine’s mountains can be saved. Or at least let them know how misguided they have been.

But there is a strange twist to my story. I actually posted it on Lisa Puhlman’s blog on the NRCM website, along with two other individuals who were upset at NRCM’s deep hypocrisy. The three stories stayed for two days, then were deleted .

How bad is an organization that does not accept criticism? As bad as the government it has helped to destroy our state.

Please go to windtaskforce.org and look at the disaster NRCM has endorsed.

Monique Aniel, MD, co-chairs the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power. She lives in Oquossoc.

 

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Comment by Penny Gray on August 9, 2020 at 12:22pm
Not a peep about six hundred foot tall wind turbines corraling Katahdin in the eighty foot tall fire tower article. Interesting.
Comment by Art Brigades on August 9, 2020 at 8:58am

This brings to mind the famous Brad Blake photo of Katahdin, viewed through a thicket of Rollins wind turbines. 

Comment by Frank Haggerty on August 9, 2020 at 8:48am

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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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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

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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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