Oh . . . and I thought everyone downeast was opposed to this project . . . at least that's what the political activist said in the Bangor Daily News article.
That . . . and she said something about stopping construction since the construction (or would this be deconstruction) crew inadvertently destroyed some turtle eggs as they pulled up the old rails and ties? Can't have the mean, ol' construction guys harming any living creature, right?
OK, enough sarcasm. Honestly, as an avid ATVer, sledder and geocacher I'm pretty excited to see work progressing on this trail and know for a fact that I will be traveling this trail when it is finished and contrary to what some folks have said I will be spending money on gas, food, etc. . . . although to be fair to the trail opponents I don't think the multi-use rail trail will be an economic godsend for all of the region.
As for the turtle eggs . . . an accident is an accident.
As for folks who keep crying about how this will mean the railroad will not be coming back . . . what world are these folks living in . . . I mean the railroad hasn't run in that area for over 20 years . . . and unless there is some great and massive influx of people and/or business the railroad will not be viable and will not be coming back. Even in areas where railroads are making some inroads (southern Maine) you still see the feds and state subsidizing the business. Personally, I'm wondering if the scenic railline that will be operating from Ellsworth to Green Lake will even be able to make it . . . and closer to home I'm personally hoping no one will buy up the Belfast and Moosehead Lake RR so that in time the State may be enticed to buy it up . . . probably just a pipe dream, but it's my dream. Final thought . . . from what I've been told the rails and ties and bed are in pretty rough shape anyways . . . if anything this project is going to improve the railbed so that if for some great unknown reason the railroads come back the railbed will be in a better shape.
Enough ranting and raving . . . .
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