Timber company wants to pull plug on Moosehead development
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A timber company wants to pull the plug on a massive development in the Moosehead Lake region that was the source of lively debate over the future of the Maine’s North Woods.
Weyerhaeuser informed the Land Use Planning Commission this week that it wants to end development and subdivision zoning rights that were granted to Plum Creek Timber Company.
The proposal dragged on for years before the Land Use Regulation Commission, as it was known then, rezoned nearly 400,000 acres. Plum Creek, which later merged with Weyerhaeuser, was allowed to develop 975 house lots and two resorts in exchange for conservation easements.
Weyerhaeuser, which said no development occurred, blamed the Great Recession of 2008-2009 for changing the development landscape. The company’s request doesn’t change the conservation easements.