Wind Power & The Maine Appalachian Trail Club

Published Jan 21, 2014

Sunrise over the Appalachian Trail and the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sunrise over the Appalachian Trail and the 100-Mile Wilderness in Maine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

This is the 79th year that our friends at the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) have pampered the Trail along some of its toughest sections.

Much has changed as the years have passed, except for the dedication of MATC.

One of the big issues these days has to do with wind power. MATC clearly states that it is not anti-wind power. MATC is pro-Appalachian Trail (AT).

MATC reviews wind-power projects and assesses their various impacts to the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Then, they respond on a case-by-case basis.

One example of MATC's response is LD 1147: An Act to Protect Maine's Scenic Character. This proposed legislation deals with what MATC believes are "deficiencies in the Maine Wind Energy Act given the scale of current projects."

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club describes how the bill includes safeguards that:

eliminate the provision that scenic impacts beyond 8-miles are deemed insignificant; expands the distance where a visual impact assessment may be required to 15-miles; requires that cumulative effects be considered in permitting decisions given the pace of wind power development in the state; and requires development of rules governing decommissioning for all permitted projects.

We commend MATC for protecting the 267 miles of the AT in Maine and for their advocacy on behalf of lovers of the Appalachian Trail everywhere.

Click Here to Download MATC's Wind Power Fact Sheet

Tags: News, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Maine Appalachian Trail Club

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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