For those who haven’t noticed, a very small group of people are claiming to be the eyes and ears of us poor locals regarding Plum Creek’s development plan.
You will probably see the names Sandra Neily, Catherine B. Johnson and Bob and Diane Guethlen appear quite often when land use in the North Woods is the subject.
In fact, it would seem the Guethlens are almost single-handedly taking on the task of protectors of the north. Not bad for a couple who moved to the area 15 years ago, purchased their own little 50-acre lot on Moosehead and built themselves a nice little gated retreat. Nice for them but we wouldn’t want anyone else getting away with that.
Despite Johnson’s ominous words recently the truth is that our ridgelines and shorelines are already being developed and it is not Plum Creek doing it. As for the “boomboxes and boats,” it makes for nice alliteration but I haven’t seen many of either in this area for quite some time. I usually spend most of the summer on the lake and boat traffic is not a problem.
I would love to take the time to write about all the positive things Plum Creek’s plan offers. But, like so many of the true area locals, I have work to do and kids to get ready for school.
For those of you not familiar with the area and its residents be careful where you get your information. If it is all negative then you can bet the usual suspects are behind it.
Jeffrey A. Richards