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Description:

This webinar is the next in a series hosted by the Conservation Finance Forum (with assistance from the Government Innovators Network), highlighting several topics of keen interest to the U.S. and international conservation communities. This Webinar featured a discussion with Peter Howell and Ted Koffman, who for years have been considering the potential impact of Plum Creek's proposed development project in the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine.

Howell was a lead author of a widely read OSI report on the proposed development, and has testified before the state legislature on the topic. Before terming out, Koffman sat for eight years in the legislature, and was for six years the House chair of the legislature's Joint Natural Resources Committee.

Koffman and Howell have pushed, sometimes in differing ways but consistently with the public interest in mind, for an acceptable balance of conservation and land development in the Pine Tree State.

Resources:

Conservation Finance Forum - a collaborative initiative that aims to bring together information resources and a community of practice around the topic of conservation finance.

Open Space Institute (OSI) - Plum Creek Report

Maine Audubon - website

LURC Concept Plan - The Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) decision on Plum Creek's proposed development on Moosehead Lake was the most extensive in LURC's history. Formal hearings have been ongoing since 2005

Even after all of that work, there are those who strongly oppose LURC's decisions:

"LURC approves Plum Creek plan; protesters arrested," By Kevin Miller. Bangor Daily News, September 23, 2009. (View the associated map.)

Also: http://www.nrcm.org/news_detail.asp?news=3318

some who think that the decision "strikes a balance"

and some who strongly support it

What we do know are the outlines of the approved plan (view map with inset that shows the context in Maine)

http://www.nrcm.org/news_detail.asp?news=3067

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