Public Hearing for LD 1797 regarding habitat buffers 2-15-2012

A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 1pm in Cross Building Room 216.

The Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) has strengthened the Maine DEP’s proposed rules for IWWH.  The BEP unanimously voted to increase the required habitat buffer from 100 feet to 150 feet and to require consultation with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife if proposed activity is to occur during a particularly sensitive time of year.  Although we are happy with this decision, we remain concerned that there will be an effort to weaken the proposal, LD 1797, when the Environment and Natural Resources Committee takes it up this session.

You can visit the Maine BEP website for the draft PBR proposal and a memo from DEP to the Board.

*Additional information and talking points on significant wildlife habitat and the threats to IWWH can be found here.