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Maine's natural heritage is on the line in the debate over the future of the Land Use Regulation Commission, the government body charged with protecting Maine's North Woods ("Control key issue in debate on LURC," Aug. 21).
What Gov. LePage wants is not a more efficient way to make responsible land-use decisions in the Maine Woods; it's free rein for large, out-of-state developers and landowners, making it possible to turn this remote, unbroken forest into large resorts and housing subdivisions. Dismantling the commission would roll back 40 years of protections, opening the Maine Woods up to reckless development and threatening to change Maine's landscape forever.
The North Woods, the largest unbroken forest east of the Mississippi River, is where generations of Mainers have gone to hike, fish and enjoy the wild outdoors. From Baxter State Park to Moosehead Lake, most of us have a special place up north where we go to experience the real Maine, with its majestic forests, beautiful mountains and clear streams.
Gov. LePage's plans threaten Maine's last great wild lands. Now Mainers must fight back to protect the places we love.