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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

1/15/10

REPORT SAYS COMPANY RENEGED ON PRESERVING DEER HABITAT

Ethan Wilensky-Lanford, Morning Sentinel - The company involved in the landmark 2006 Katahdin Lake land swap cut trees on nearly 40 percent of deer habitat it promised the state it would preserve, according to a report prepared for the governor by a top state land regulator. In response, Gov. John Baldacci said he plans to meet with the attorney general to discuss possible penalties, and with officials of the company involved in the alleged cutting.

The agreement between the state and Lincoln-based Gardner Land Co. was voluntary, yet crucial to sealing a heralded land swap involving more than 35,000 acres in property and easements. In the deal, the state gave a number of parcels previously managed by the Bureau of Public Lands to Gardner as part of a complex swap to join the Katahdin Lake area with adjacent Baxter State Park. On these tracts, 728 acres were designated as potential deer-wintering habitat.

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