Maine Forest Service moves forward in enforcing shoreland rules without Gouldsboro



GOULDSBORO — The Maine Forest Service is moving forward without the involvement of town officials in handling a case of possible shoreland tree-cutting violations.

Forester Jim Ecker met with Gouldsboro’s Planning Board Tuesday night and explained that his team would be entering into a consent decree with Hancock-based lumberer George Moon, leaving the town out of the matter. The consent decree is still being put together, and will need to be approved by the Maine’s Attorney General’s Office.

The decision followed a vote from the town’s Board of Selectmen in late February, which opted to let the matter be enforced by the Forest Service because members felt there were too many unanswered questions for town officials.

At issue is a series of cuts made by Moon during the fall on Point Francis. Moon has repeatedly told town officials that he was following a forest management plan put together by a state forester in the late 1990s. The cuts may have violated Forest Service rules, though, according to various reports. Throughout the last few months, town officials have been deciding whether to join the Forest Service in enforcing those shoreland rules.

Planning Board Chairman Ray Jones said he felt the move was a good one in this case.

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.