Impact on rare species could curb wind farm proposal

Posted May 01, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
Last modified May 01, 2011, at 4:09 p.m.

HIGHLAND PLANTATION, Maine — The impact of a proposed wind farm in western Maine on the northern bog lemming and Roaring Brook mayfly could threaten the Highland Plantation project.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife expressed concerns about the planned wind farm’s impact on the two rare species when it submitted comments to the state agency reviewing the developer’s request for construction permits.

Maine Today Media newspapers said Sunday that the wildlife department’s report to the Land Use Regulation Commission said the Highland Plantation project is not an appropriate site for the wind development because of the impacts on those and other species, such as spring salamanders, bats and birds.

Highland Wind LLC said it was aware of the animals and thought it had taken measures to protect them.

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