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Governor Accepts Report from Working Group on Allagash Wilderness Waterway[/size]
February 8, 2007
AUGUSTA â€“ Governor John Baldacci today accepted the report of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Working Group. The group, which the Governor established by Executive Order in June 2006, was charged with providing guidance and advice to the Governor respecting the long-term governance, management, and oversight structure for this vital resource.
The Governor thanked the members of the Working Group for fulfilling their mission. â€œYour findings will form the basis of actions taken by my Administration to strengthen the Waterwayâ€™s capacity to preserve and enhance the natural environment of the Allagash, support a variety of wilderness recreation experiences, and respect and protect the cultural heritage of the area.â€
The report is "indebted to Dean Bennett" for his historical material which wa incorporated into the report.
Even as John Cashwell, CEO of Seven Islands Land Company, was producing before the Legislature's Ag. Committee aerial photographs which prove clearly that Bennett was lying. (If not lying, then thoroughly incompetent as a researcher.)
[b]Allagash Advisory Council[/b]
By BDN Staff
Saturday, March 31, 2007 -
An Allagash Wilderness Waterway advisory council will provide a needed forum for airing, and in some instances resolving disagreements while allowing the waterway to be managed without the distractions and delays caused by trying to accommodate differing views of how the 92-mile river should be run.
[quote][b]Replacing bridge over Allagash challenged[/b]
By Kevin Miller
Thursday, April 12, 2007 - Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA - Two men who filed suit earlier this year over access to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway are now trying to block the state from rebuilding a heavily used bridge over the river.
FitzGerald and Cline contend that the agencies cannot approve a new, permanent bridge over the Allagash without first conducting a full environmental review of the project, complete with opportunities for public comment.[/quote]
[quote]In their lawsuit, the men argue that by passing the law, the Legislature violated the terms of Maineâ€™s agreement with federal officials to forever maintain and operate the Allagash "in its wild condition to provide a wilderness canoe experience."[/quote]
In a related story, the Natural Resources Council of Maine has brought suit against the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in behalf of an Indiana schoolteacher who had participated in a Sierra Club outing last summer. Ruth Rainbow Anderson said she was "humiliated" by a park ranger who told her to "use leaves instead" when she complained that the latrine at The Meadows campsite had no toilet paper. The AWW advisory council recently spent several hours debating whether the provision of toilet paper by the Waterway would violate federal law, but was unable to reach a conclusion.
A spokesman for the Department of Conservation said that "we expect waterway users to bring their own [toilet paper]." He described the ranger's remarks as "a well-intentioned suggestion."
Ms. Anderson, reached for comment, said "I know and love wilderness values and they've got nothing to do with not providing basic necessities for wilderness canoeists. We can't let the wrong people define [i]wilderness[/i] any old way that suits them."
The National Park Service has [i]repeatedly[/i] stated they have no issues whatever with the manner in which the Allagash Waterway has been managed; indeed, they have offered praise of several aspects of that managment. They have also [i]repeatedly[/i] stated that Maine Statute is the [i]sole[/i] basis for managerial authority; there are no federal laws, regulations or guidelines in force in the Allagash. The Waterway is wilder now than when formed in 1966 and most certailny far wilder than 100 years ago when there were railways, farms, homes, schools, villages and active lumbering operations the entire length of the watershed.
If Ms. Anderson went there expecting a "true wilderness," whatever that may be, [i]why didn't she take her own toilet paper?[/i] If it were to be a "wilderness" experience, why did she expect to find much less use a privy? If it were indeed a "true wilderness," there would have been no ranger with whom she might interact.
If it had been true wilderness, there wouldn't be any Dam at Churchill, and she's have had to carry her !@#$&^ canoe from there down to the St John.
Unfortunately, if this lawsuit prevails there MUST be serious and active opposition from those who know the truth of the Allagash River and will testify to it.
There are quite a few of us, from all regions of the state, and we have talked ourselves blue in the face in op-ed pieces, council meetings, public hearings and Legislative hearings. The click-here-to-donate envirozealots, with their cadre of salaried grant-writers, and the unsuspecting suburbanites attracted like moths to their shining, well-sounding and completely dishonest rhetoric still find ways to make a mockery of the history, the traditions, the culture and the reality of the Allagash.
Governor Signs Law Creating Allagash Advisory Council
May 21, 2007
AUGUSTA â€“ Governor John E. Baldacci today signed into law â€œAn Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Working Group.â€
The law creates an independent advisory council to represent the public interest in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, elevates the status of the waterway within the Department of Conservation and establishes an endowment fund to support capital improvements.
â€œI believe this is a new beginning for the Allagash,â€ Governor Baldacci said. â€œThis law will help to preserve and enhance this great state treasure and open a new era of communication, cooperation and collaboration among all the people who hold it dear.â€
The law, L.D. 1419, was passed as an emergency and will take effect immediately.
The legislation is based on the recommendations of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Working Group, which presented its report to Governor Baldacci in February.
[quote].....establishes an endowment fund to support capital improvements.[/quote]
One major headache for the Department of Conservation has been the exorbitant cost of maintaining the Allagash Waterway. If memory serves, the Department's cost per camper-day is something like ten times the cost at other state parks, making the Allagash a very expensive monument to maintain in behalf of a large and vocal constituency that doesn't actually use the park. It doesn't take much talent at reading between the lines to grasp that Pat McGowan would love to have the Wilderness Values Lobby find some target other than the Bureau of Parks and Recreation at which to aim its numerous and exacting demands.
I'm guessing whoever manages this endowment fund is intended to be that new target.