January 21, 2020

Killing the Allagash

Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway is dying.

John Martin, LURC, Nugent’s Sporting Camps, outboard motors, Jalbert’s Sporting Camps, hot tubs, Taylor’s Sporting Camps, six bridges, buildings, ranger camps, fire warden camps, Forest Service camps, fire towers, junk locomotives, trestles, tramways, railroad tracks, dams, roads and easy access are killing the waterway.

When I was young, fishermen sent salmon from the Penobscot River to the White House. Then the Penobscot died; the salmon don’t swim there anymore. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is on the same road to death.

The people of Maine don’t know what wilderness means. It doesn’t mean what man does – it means what nature does.

A massive letter-writing campaign might save the wilderness of the waterway. However, most people in Maine don’t care.

Paul Shanley


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