Thursday, September 13, 2012

Northern Pass and the White Mountain National Forest, Sept. 23

Information Meeting on Northern Pass and the

White Mountain National Forest

Sponsored by the Easton Conservation Commission
Sunday, September 23
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Easton Town Hall, Rt. 116, Easton NH 03580
Northern Pass is seeking a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service to cross the National Scenic Appalachian Trail and a ten-mile route through the WMNF that includes Easton. The developers do not have an existing right of way through the national forest.
On September 23, the Easton Conservation Commission will sponsor an information meeting on the developers’ effort to cross the WMNF and the A.T., which is federally protected for one-half mile on either side of the footpath.
Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More will deliver the keynote address. A great grand-daughter of John W. Weeks and part-time resident of Lancaster, Dr. More received her Ph.D. in history from Brown University and has recently lectured across the state on the Weeks Act, which established the White Mountain National Forest in 1911.
A panel of members from Responsible Energy Action LLC will address various aspects of Northern Pass’s request for a Special Use Permit, and the Appalachian Mountain Club will present an overview of its newly completed visual impacts analysis along the known 140 miles of the proposed route.
Representatives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Conservation Law Foundation, and Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests will also participate in the concluding discussion with the audience.
The meeting is free and open to the public.

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