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Protecting Maine’s Lakes Comes Naturally
Clearing The Way
In response to increasing pressure from waterfront property developers, Maine's Mandatory Shoreline Zoning Law was first enacted in 1971. The State legislature, taking into consid- eration citizen and environmental concerns, concluded that strict regulation of land-use activities were necessary in order to protect Maine's beautiful lakes. The law has been further refined and strengthened over the years, crafted through the efforts of both legislators and local planning boards.
Yes. State law prohibits new cleared openings from being created within the buffer area. If removal of vegetation less than two inches in diameter will create cleared openings, enough vegetation must be retained to prevent the creation of such openings. Furthermore, adjacent to great ponds, and rivers and streams flowing to great ponds, in order to protect water quality vegeta- tion less than three (3) feet in height must be maintained within the buffer strip.
As the result of these protective measures, both Mainers and visitors are assured of clean lakes and streams, a healthy fish population, and picturesque tree-lined shores for generations to come. This focus on keeping our shorelines pristine, is both good for Mother Nature and good for the economy as so many of Maine's small lakeside communities depend on tourism in order to thrive. Maine's Shoreland Zoning Law is recognized nationwide as a model of responsible environmental regulation. For more complete information, you can download "A Handbook For Shoreland Owners" at: http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/slz/citizenguide.pdf
Is the cutting of vegetation less than 2 inches in diameter limited?
Are there areas where the cutting of vegetation is prohibited? Yes. Vegetative cutting is prohibited abutting a great pond zoned Resource Protection for a distance of 75 feet inland of the normal high-water line, except to remove safety hazards. May I cut within the buffer strip for shoreline access? Yes. A footpath not to exceed ten (10) feet in width as measured between tree trunks is permitted provided that a cleared line of sight to the water through the buffer strip is not created. In other words, the footpath must meander, rather than being a straight line to the water. The purpose of this limitation is to prevent runoff from funneling directly along the pathway to the water. By meandering the pathway, runoff is more likely to be trapped by vegetation and natural depressions within the buffer strip. Adjacent to great ponds, and rivers and streams flowing to great ponds, the width of the footpath is limited to six (6) feet. May I prune trees within the buffer strip? Yes. Pruning of tree branches, on the bottom 1/3 of the tree is permitted. Dead branches are permitted to be pruned without restriction. What if a cleared opening is created within the buffer area due to storm damage, disease, or the removal of an unsafe tree? When the removal of storm-damaged, diseased, unsafe, or dead trees results in the creation of a cleared opening, the opening must be replanted with native species unless existing new tree growth is present. Can existing cleared openings to the water be maintained?
I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart's core. - William Butler Yeats
Yes. Cleared openings legally in existence on the effective date of the ordi- nance may be maintained. However, areas that were once fields or cleared openings, but have reverted to primarily shrubs, trees, or other woody vegeta- tion are regulated as any other buffer area under the ordinance.
Buttoning Up For The Winter
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At the top of the list when closing the family lake home for the winter is taking steps to prevent the pipes from freezing. Unless you plan on heating your home all year around, you'll need to drain all of the water from the system. In years past, many home owners used regular antifreeze to protect their plumbing, however, antifreeze is toxic. It poses a threat not only to ground and surface water, but also to pets that might drink it. Adding antifreeze to plumbing isn't necessary as long as all of your fixtures are completely drained. Rodents are another concern as winter arrives and humans depart. Mice and rodents are experts at squeezing in through tiny openings to raid pantry's and chew property. Be sure to inspect your home inside and out and plug any potential points of entry with small boards, cement, or expandable foam. Removing all food before you head out also goes a long way toward discouraging these scav- goes a long way toward discouraging these scav engers. Protect your shorefront areas from ice and water damage. Stabilize any eroding areas with vegeta-
tion and patch cracks in retaining walls. Be sure that when you remove docks from the water you store them in an area that will not kill vegetation. Finall Finally, time to put the toys away! Winterize your boat engine - away from the water! When changing lubricat- ing oils, collect the oil and bring it to a recycling facility. Wash boats away from the water, preferably at a com- mercial car wash. Many detergents and motor oils contain chemicals that can pollute the water. By taking these simple precautions, you can protect our natural environment and your valuable lakefront property!
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Hunkering Down, Naturally
While your family prepares to "hibernate" at least some of the time - curled up in front of the fire- place with a good book and a mug of hot cocoa - your animal neighbors (the ones that haven't migrated south) are finding ways to snooze through another Maine winter.
Hibernation is an amazing adaptation that allows animals to conserve energy when the snow flies and food becomes scarce. It's a near-dead state where their metabolism, breathing, heart rate, and body temperature becomes extremely low. For example, a bears heart rate slows down to a mere 8 beats per minute. Hibernating animals spend the warmer months building up layers of fat to carry them through this period. Bears seek out caves or dig holes, gophers in under- ground tunnels, and bats hang around in empty build- ings. Maine's fox, raccoon, and skunk populations tuck themselves under fallen logs, dig under tree roots, or hide in storm drains. It's important to remember that if, on your hike around the pond, you happen upon a hibernating animal - don't disturb it! If awakened prematurely, animal may suffer severely or die from food shortage.
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SQUARE POND West Shore Drive Shapleigh, ME (L) 348,500 (S) 335,000 DOM: 9
SQUARE POND Hawthorne Road Shapleigh, ME (L) 289,900 (S) 255,000 DOM: 51
SILVER LAKE Poverty Pond Road Shapleigh, ME (L) 230,000 (S) 227,500 DOM: 23
SHERBURNE LAKE Northeast Road Warerboro, ME (L) 210,000 (S) 190,000 DOM: 202
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MOUSAM LAKE Shapleigh Corner Road Shapleigh, ME (L) 235,000 (S) 227,500 DOM: 15
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LONG POND Lloyd Watson Road Parsonsfield, ME (L) 274,800 (S) 247,500 DOM: 232
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Lake Association Contacts Great East Lake Improvement Association http://www.greateastlake.org PO Box 911, Sanbornville, NH 03872 Mousam Lake Region Association http://mousamlake.org P.O. Box 333, Springvale, ME 04083 Wilson Lake Association http://wilsonlake.net Square Pond Improvement Association http://www.squarepondme.com Loon Pond Betterment Association http://www.loonpond.org P.O. Box 47, Acton, ME 04001 Moose Pond Association http://www.moosepondassociation.org PO Box 674, Bridgton, ME 04009
Bunganut Pond Association PO Box 175, Alfred, ME 04002 207-247-6378 Kennebeunk Pond Association PO Box 458, Alfred , ME 04002 Swan Lake Association http://swanlakemaine.com P.O. Box 483, Belfast, ME 04915
Bauneg Beg Lake Association http://baunegbeg.net P.O. Box 538, North Berwick, ME 03906 Balch Lake Improvement Committee http://www.balchlake.org PO Box 0494, East Wakefield, NH 03830 Belleau Lake Property Owners Association http://www.blpoa.com P.O. Box 188, East Wakefield NH 03830
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