Northern Forest News Digest

Hearing Highlights Struggle over Future of Maine's North Woods
Friday, February 17, 2012

Maine
By: Jay Field
The struggle over the future of some of Maine's most pristine lands continued inside a hearing room in Augusta today. A bill incorporating changes proposed by a special commission would limit the power of the Land Use Regulation Commission and give land owners and counties more say over planning and zoning in the state's Unorganized Territory. Supporters told memebrs of the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee that the measure restores balance to a decision-making process too heavily weighted in favor of conservation. But environmental groups say the proposed changes will roll back 40 years of protections and destroy the character of Maine's North Woods.
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