Nature Conservancy backs approval of Moosehead plan

Posted Nov. 11, 2009, at 2:41 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A major environmental group says it’s filing court papers in support of Maine regulators’ approval of a Moosehead Lake region development plan.

The Nature Conservancy on Tuesday filed papers saying it will be a party to the appeal process in the Land Use Regulation Commission’s approval of Plum Creek’s concept plan for the development. The Nature Conservancy says it’s taking the position that the state’s approval should stand.

The commission in September approved a concept plan that calls for nearly 1,000 house lots, two large resorts and more than 400,000 acres of land conservation.

Three other environmental groups — the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Forest Ecology Network and RESTORE: The North Woods — are appealing the LURC decision.

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