In the fall of 2009, the residents of Highland Plantation and the surrounding area heard from a pair of wind energy developers that this rural community was where they were planning to build what would have been the largest industrial wind facility in Maine, at that time. More importantly, they also made it known that there was little anyone could do to stop them. It was clear that our small communities could soon lose the rural qualities and character of this western mountain region of Maine, the place we had chosen to make our home.
The 2009 founding of Friends of the Highland Mountains followed public meetings with the developers, when residents and property owners realized that organization of a community-wide effort was the only hope of preserving the wonderful quality of life that keeps us here. (See our Mission Statement)
Since that fall, several other additional wind projects have been proposed for this area, and it has come to light that our greater community has been a target for large-scale wind energy development, for some time, without our knowledge. This website is just one part of the effort to retain the quality of place and quality of life that make our ties to this region so strong.
We hope that you will spend some time learning more about wind energy development in Maine and about the 2008 changes in Maine law that could have, not only beneficial impacts, but significant negative impacts, as well. We hope that when you learn more, as we did, that you will join the effort in any way you can to keep Maine, the way life should be.
If you have comments or questions, we’re always glad to hear from you. - Friends of the Highland Mountains