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ML Maine Bangor Daily News Tuesday February 22 1994 forest could bring Maine green of all lands and maintainance of natural forest ie loggers and the Maine equivalents of spotted owls can get along Second Seven Islands did not dress up in green for political points The company pursued the certificate because managers believe that it makes good business sense John Cashwell president of Seven Islands and- Steve Schley the representative of the Pingree heirs plan to work with sawmills and other buyers to keep Seven wood separate from other wood and label it for consumers The idea is that consumers the same people who dislike rampant clear-cuts and the destruction of the rain forest will choose wood that comes from a certified well-managed forest if they have a choice Companies in Britain Holland and Denmark have already marketed certified wood and Cash-well says that seven North American mills have formally expressed interest in working with Seven certified wood If Cashwell and Schley are right Seven Islands will have proved that conservative management pays That will save a lot more trees than regula- tions ever will The success of private certified working forests might also calm the fears of pundits and political dabblers Just think how many trees that could save Some crises never go out of style National journalists according to their persua- sion annually announce the resurgence of LSD among teen-agers the growing danger of nuclear power or a virulent new strain of flu Regular predictions of catastrophic heat spells (newly rechristened fight for space with impending ice ages Morality teeters ever on the verge of collapse In Maine as befits the Pine Tree State our perennial shocker is clear-cutting Every year somebody declares with a straight and mournful face that our woods are disappearing at the rapacious hands of industrialists In a slow year the Maine woods disappear two or three times As an ardent supporter of full employment for reporters I think it is important that the media have a few such rainy-day crises available Life is not all Nancy and Tonya and John Martin and we have to keep ourselves busy in the lulls Unfortunately every time we discover the woods are disappearing somebody jumps forward with a solution That is unfortunate because the people with the solutions seldom own the land a fact they find particularly vexatious Nonetheless they forge ahead This year Rep Maria Holt a Democrat from the densely forested city of Bath has proposed a bill that would essen- manage the Pingree woods without additional help from government -But for those who remain leery Seven Islands announced Monday that the Pingree land has been officially certified as a well-managed forest The independent company that certified thqfor- est graded it too The Pingree land gets a 72 for resource a 75 for ecosystem and an 88 for to the community a C-plus average but there is no curve here the only standards are those set by a California company that started out certifying or- ganic produce for grocery stores It all sounds a bit New Age like a sop to the crystal-and-pyramid crowd But there are two reasons the certification should please all sorts of people who appreciate the Maine woods First Seven Islands did not turn over a new leaf promise radical changes or exempt portions of its land to get its certificate The company did what it has always done and the scientists for the California company a silviculturist a wildlife biologist and a forest economist liked it The scientists called the wood harvests conservative and applauded the careful cutting and removal They liked what Seven Islands does for deer They said Seven Islands achieves reasonable balance between efficient timber production Steve Kloohn tially prohibit clear-cutting in Maine' I am not a fan of clear-cutting It is ugly That is why I have never clear-cut my yard But I am hesitant to tell the Pingree heirs for -instance that they cannot clear-cut any of their million acres These Pingrees have used their forests to keep food on the table for 150 years a good century of which they had to muddle through without much advice from pundits legislators or environmentalists The Pingree land is managed by the Seven Islands Land Co Last year Seven Islands clear-cut 288 acres The company cut selectively usually less than half the available timber on another 25000 acres That left 950000 acres of Pingree land unharvested Those numbers might be enough to convince some people that Seven Islands is competent to 35T Can Am labors reap success fpEPSilf PEPSI STATmiSH JJ I i rr 4 ig ft' Ah -JjA mrii a a li kvJ 'A I 1 if A- A-3 By Beurmond Banville Of the NEWS Staff FORT KENT The weather did not cooperate to provide an exciting finish but the organizers and volunteers involved with the Can Am Crown 250 International Sled Dog Race gave it their all to the end From John Kaleta president of Can AM Inc down to the checkpoint personnel last event was the culmination of months of planning and work The crowd on hand for the start estimated at more than 3000 was testimony to the effort to make the race a class act There were people who cut trails others who set up communication systems people who cared for the dogs people who ran the checkpoints and people who found the people to do all those jobs Scott Johnson headed the veterinarian section just as he had last year for the first Can Am race He made sure there was a volunteer veterinarian at each checkpoint Some came from as far as Connecticut to help out Their job was to check all 160 dogs before the race started and at key points throughout the race Stan Pelletier was the trail master with assistance from an army of volunteers People such as Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud who made many runs to see that trail markers were in place James Dumond of Portage Lake a game warden who cut and packed snow on an untold number of miles of trail Tyler Kelly of Allagash made sure the trails in his area were up to snuff The Maine Forest Service allowed two of its stations to be used as checkpoints Emile LeBoeuf opened his lumber camp at Mus-quacook Lake for another checkpoint and so did the Maibec Lumber Co The St John Valley Radio Association headed by Danny Marquis of Frenchville and Finland Dumond of Fort Kent set up communications from all the remote checkpoints They stood by at the radios 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of mushers and dogs They even had some that went from mountaintop to mountaintop Saturday and Sunday toi ensure communications because some checkpoints were too low for radio waves Dozens of Fort Kent businesses supported the effort financially and turned their stores into free coffee shops for opening One of the toughest jobs was bringing in snow to cover a half mile of Main Street in Fort Kent Volunteers worked all Friday night to whiten the road and to fence off the course An hour after the race Main Street was again a clear thoroughfare for vehicles Even if the weather did not cooperate folks in the St John Valley and across the border in Clair New Brunswick where sprint races took place were proud of the weekend extravaganza they put on A A 4 JEROME LONGO of Kennebunkport leaves the Can Am Crown 250-mlle sled dog race despite Its early conclusion because of warm the starting line at Fort Kent on Saturday in Volunteers helped make the event a success weather (NEWS Photo by Bob DeLong) Locals calling for solution to dangerous stretch of 1-95 reams of data that have been tabulated on the stretch state officials have yet to determine what they can do about a section of highway that appears to ice over quicker and snow over thicker than other stretches of highway In fact in terms of the sheer number of accidents statistics bear out what locals have believed for years: 1-95 through Freeport and Brunswick is a dangerous passage in the winter Analysts have found nothing worth investigating on the stretch from Falmouth to Brunswick The Department of Transportation reached that conclusion that af ter reviewing the accident rate the circumstances and factoring in the traffic volume about 20000 vehicles a day said Robert Baker accident records coordinator at the DOT The most recent survey from 1990 to 1992 lists 537 highway accidents between Falmouth and Brunswick causing at least five deaths During the winter months in those three years there were 309 accidents During its three-year surveys the state collects statistics for every tenth of a mile and every day of the week vehicle type and road surface In the latest study 103 vehicles went off the road 33 hit animals 25 ran into trees or shrubbery 89 hit guardrails and 60 went into ditches There are so many different reasons for the accidents that the data leads nowhere nothing special jumping out that we can put our finger on and said Lee Chace a state traffic engineer who oversees the roads from Kittery to Brunswick He asked anyone with ideas about how to make the road safer to contact him Already his department has added signs with lights that flash yellow warning motorists to drive 45 miles per hour in bad weather And because the northern section of highway is known to ice up more quickly than others it is one of the first places that crews sand and salt Despite the highway efforts the northern section of 1-95 continues to live up to its reputation On Christmas Eve there were 50 accidents between exits 18 and 20 One morning last week near Brunswick Exit 22 a tractor-trailer going north slid over a guardrail and into the opposite lane taking a rig behind it into the median Minutes later a logging-truck driver glanced at the accident and drove his truck into the guardrail BRUNSWICK (AP) Annette Austin calls it the Bermuda Triangle of Maine Several winters ago she saw so many cars and trucks stuck in ditches she vowed never to take Interstate 95 between Brunswick and Freeport in stormy weather was an absolute said Austin were cars in ditches and gullies There were other cars that had spun totally and were headed south in the northbound lane With every accident I saw it scared me more hope somebody comes up with a she said Experts say there one Despite Groups back bill targeting polluters South Portland woman was suffQcated examiner rules A A $26 million per year in federal loan guarantees for the projects As a result the report said residential sewer rates have risen an average of 85 percent over the past five years in seven largest cities The group urged support for federal legislation that would put fees on toxic waste generators producers of agricultural chemicals and commercial water users Rep Tom Andrews D-Maine is a co-sponsor of the legislation to clean water is a basic right that all Americans should Andrews said in a statement what too many Americans do share are skyrocketing water and sewer bills to secure that right because those who pollute pur waters are not required to clean up their own PORTLAND (AP) Water pollution projects are languishing from inadequate funding in Maine while local sewer rates are soaring according to a report released Monday by an environmental group Clean Water Action and several other organizations that endorsed the report came out in support of federal legislation that would place more of the cost of cleaning polluted water on polluters instead of property taxpayers are fed up with paying ever-increasing sewer and water rates while beaches and waterways continue to be said Doug Bogen of Clean Water Action time to identify new clean-water funding sources that Eut all the burden squarely on the acks of he said The report says water pollution is a problem along the coast and inland It said 35 percent of the shellfish beds along the coast have been closed because of waste water contamination or lack of resources to certify them as safe Also beaches In the Portland area are routinely closed because of pollution Bogen said Inland fish consumption advisories have been issued on 236 miles or 225 percent of largest rivers because of dioxin contamination And 21 percent of lake acreage is not swimmable or fishable it said The report outlined several threats to Maine water including raw sewage releases and Industrial discharges The paper industry is the single greatest contributor to toxic waste in rivers the report said proposing will serve notice to the paper industry that if they continue to use our rivers as a waste disposal (site) going to have to pay a price literally" said Bogen The report said it will cost more than $1 billion to finance projects to meet current clean-water standards over the next two decades The state has been receiving about SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) A 22-year-old woman whose body was found bound and gagged in her apartment died from asphyxiation the state medical examiner ruled Monday night Investigators declined to reveal whether there were any suspects in the slaying of Tammy Dickson said Stephen McCausland spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety body was found on her living room floor Sunday night with her hands tied behind her back Her 2-year-old son Marcus Dickson was found suffering from dehydration but unharmed in his crib Dickson had been last seen on Thursday The autopsy by Dr Kristin Sweeney deputy chief medical examiner indicated that the time of death was consistent with those reports McCausland said 4 The 2-year-old who was taken to the Maine Medical Center in Portland for observation was listed in satisfactory -condition Monday night a nursing supervisor said boyfriend found the body after checking the apartment at the request of a neighbor police said Neighbors were suspicious because the curtains were drawn and her door was locked Neighbors said Dickson had lived in the apartment for the past year Her lease expired this month and she had planned to move to Saco Dickson was packing when neighbors last saw her Thursday night The apartment building is accessible with a front-door buzzer and neighbors said third-floor apartment was usually unlocked Their suspicions were aroused because the apartment door was locked and the curtains were closed Tammy Dickson State Police and South Portland Police were investigating Officers questioned residents of the apart-mentcQmplex Monday Dickson reportedly grew up in the Biddeford-Saco area and had worked as a manicurist a dancer and at an answering service company Looking for something to do? 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