Residents and property owners living near the Highland Mountains in Somerset County are leading a fight against what could be the state’s largest industrial wind complex.
At a news conference in Portland today, the group “Friends of Highland Mountains” said that the 48-turbine project in Highland Plantation proposed by Highland Wind LLC would degrade local habitat and residents’ quality of life, and ruin the beauty of a ridgetop familiar to hikers of the Appalachian Trail.
Daniel Bell is a former state park manager who owns a camp in Highland Plantation. “I believe that it is vital that we protect and preserve as much as possible the natural character of this portion of our western Maine mountains.”
The group is requesting a public hearing from the state on the project, and is circulating an online petition.
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Friends of the Highland Mountains mission statement: Our mission is to protect and preserve, for current and future generations, the unique quality of place and the scenic and natural character of the mountains of Highland Plantation and its surrounding areas. We wish to encourage a preference for traditional uses of the mountain resources and to recognize and publicize the vital role they play in the identity and livelihood of our communities.
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Contact information for the Friends of the Highland Mountains:
Friends Of The Highland Mountains
PO Box 111
New Portland, ME 04961