On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission will hold a public hearing in Portland concerning Plum Creek’s petition to re-zone 400,000 acres around Moosehead Lake for development.

Though Plum Creek has revised its plan several times since 2005, the plan still includes the creation of 2,300 housing units and two commercial resorts. Though some see development as beneficial for the Moosehead area, Plum Creek’s development will bring an estimated 76,586 more people to the Moosehead region annually.

Furthermore, the sites Plum Creek has chosen for development will impact native brook trout, Canada lynx and common loon habitats.

When one considers there are alternative development plans that have been written by Maine Audubon and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, which greatly decrease the environmental impacts of development and support economic benefits, Plum Creek has no argument to support its plan.

Support Maine Audubon and NRCM’s alternatives. LURC’s decision could be the first step toward the devastation of one of Maine’s remaining wild areas forever.

Amelia Harmon, Lewiston

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