The North Woods, North America’s largest temperate forest, is once again at risk.
A Canadian energy company, Hydro-Quebec, is proposing to transport its energy through a 145-mile long transmission line that would cut through the North Woods. Building the line would require clear-cutting a 52-mile, 150-foot wide corridor, fragmenting the woods, disrupting wildlife habitats, and dividing animal populations.
“This corridor will permanently scar the North Woods, risk the wildlife we care about, and threaten the balance we’ve benefited from for centuries,” wrote Carissa Maurin, Environment Maine state director, to the Bangor Daily News. “That’s why we urge Mainers to say ‘No!’ to the transmission line.”
The North Woods is a largely privately owned working and recreational forest that balances the needs of the timber industry, recreation and wildlife. Our new campaign to stop the transmission line is only the latest effort of Environment Maine’s continued efforts to keep the North Woods intact and healthy.
Photo: An aerial view of the East Branch of the Penobscot River in Maine. Credit: ThomasRobertKelley via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.