Environment Maine
Bangor Daily News
Lloyd C. Irland

“There stands the city of Bangor, fifty miles up the Penobscot … like a star at the edge of night, still hewing at the forests of which is it built …”
— Henry David Thoreau, 1846

The Maine Woods still display a great patch of darkness on the iconic nighttime satellite photos. This remote, largely undeveloped region has been privately owned for 1½ centuries. But the pressures for change are growing stronger. Resisting those pressures, with its finger in the dike, has been the Land Use Regulation Commission. Most agree on the need for improved predictability, clarity and stability of regulations. Tossing out 30 years of work by LURC to start over with eight counties does not seem a good way to achieve that.