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  •  What is her stance on the North Woods? (0+ / 0-)

    We need a Senator that is strongly in favor of preserving it,and as much of it as possible. RESTORE wants a 3.2 million acre national park, but for me that's not enough. the Woods actually extend out to New York, but those areas are left for NY VT and NH to deal with. Maines portion is 10,.5 million, and I favor setting aside 10 million as a monument and preserve. basically, it will allow hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, as long as folks follow the trails, obey catching limits, and bagging limits. common sense stuff.

    •  Not sure (0+ / 0-)

      I do know she's opposed to the east-west highway, though.

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      by Illegitimi non carborundum on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 12:24:02 PM PST

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      •  Thank you. I have long believed that the North (0+ / 0-)

        Woods should be protected forever, as a monument it would not get the funding or prestige of Acadia, but it would be another reason to visit Maine. At 10 million  that's about 95% of Maine's portion of the forest, and it would be the largest monument in the lower 48.  yes it would basically mean the northern half of the state is set aside, but that area is unincorporated anyway.  put a number of headquarters in various areas, which will bring in local folks

        •  Forest preservation is important (1+ / 0-)
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          and the Maine Woods are a treasure. But they're also an important part of the economy here. It's a delicate balance.

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          by Illegitimi non carborundum on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 12:56:36 PM PST

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          •  if monument is too far a bridge, then I'd settle (0+ / 0-)

            for a national Forest, since unlike the NPS mission of preservation and strict conservation, a national forest allows  multiple useage. its in Agriculture rather than Interior. Although if I had my druthers, Parks, Forests and Fish and Wildlife would be in the same department- Conservation. FDR proposed creating  a Department of Conservation in 1936 that would have merged Forests with the Parks, but Congress said no.

          •  Maine is not the west, where much of the land (1+ / 0-)
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            is under federal management or ownership. Almost all the land in Maine is privately owned.

            Think about that a bit.

            Efforts to create a new national park here of just 75,000 acres have created a turmoil - and this proposal would be to turn land owned by an individual (Roxanne Quimby) over to federal management. A quit claim.

            Bellows has many positions that differ strongly from those held by Collins. Let's focus on those.

            Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

            by Spud1 on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 08:24:14 PM PST

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      •  The East-West highway has been a dream for (1+ / 0-)
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        many years, but this current proposal has nothing to do with an actual road.

        It would have a 2,000 foot wide right of way. Why? For electric transmission lines to bring power from HydroQuebec through Maine to the rest of the US.

        Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

        by Spud1 on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 08:30:19 PM PST

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