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FALL 2012

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:

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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Just Some Of The Lakefront Properties recently SOLD!

SQUARE POND West  Shore  Drive Shapleigh,  ME (L)  348,500  (S)  330,000 DOM:  21

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

PICKEREL POND Cottage  Road Limerick,  ME (L)  139,900  (S)  129,000 DOM:  91

MOUSAM LAKE Shapleigh  Corner  Road Shapleigh,  ME (L)  235,000  (S)  227,500 DOM:  15

MOUSAM LAKE Lilac  Lane Shapleigh,  ME (L)  239,900  (S)  212,500 DOM:  329

MOUSAM LAKE Jib  Lane Shapleigh,  ME (L)  269,000  (S)  253,000 DOM:  9

MOUSAM LAKE 32nd  Street Shapleigh,  ME (L)  298,500  (S)  269,900 DOM:  78

MOUSAM LAKE Shapleigh  Corner  Road Shapleigh,  ME (L)  239,900  (S)  220,000 DOM:  106

MOUSAM LAKE Point  Road Shapleigh,  ME (L)  259,000  (S)  255,000 DOM:  90

LOON POND East  Shore  Drive Acton,  ME (L)  186,900  (S)  174,600 DOM:  49

LOON POND Lake  Shore  Drive Acton,  ME (L)  175,000  (S)  170,000 DOM:  25

LONG POND Lloyd  Watson  Road Parsonsfield,  ME (L)  274,800  (S)  247,500 DOM:  232

LITTLE OSSIPEE LAKE LITTLE OSSIPEE LAKE SHERBURNE LAKE KENNEBUNK POND KENNEBUNK POND Laddie  Lane Courtney  Lane Northeast  Road Shore  Road Poor  Farm  Road Waterboro,  ME Waterboro,  ME Waterboro,  ME Lyman,  ME Lyman,  ME (L)  399,000  (S)  365,000 (L)  249,900  (S)  245,000 (L)  199,900  (S)  196,500 (L)  418,000  (S)  375,000 (L)  309,000  (S)  312,000 DOM:  354 DOM:  107 DOM:  90 DOM:  158 DOM:  32

GREAT EAST LAKE GREAT EAST LAKE Anderson  Cove  Road Lakeside  Drive Acton,  ME Acton,  ME (L)  429,900  (S)  405,000 (L)  429,000  (S)  400,000 DOM:  20 DOM:  118

GREAT EAST LAKE GREAT EAST LAKE Mann  Road Anderson  Cove  Road Acton,  ME Acton,  ME (L)  339,000  (S)  300,000 (L)  369,900  (S)  365,000 DOM:  80 DOM:  19

GREAT EAST LAKE Ham’s  Camp  Road Acton,  ME (L)  309,900  (S)  290,000 DOM:  38

ESTES LAKE New  Dam  Road Sanford,  ME (L)  244,900  (S)  239,500 DOM:  18

BALCH LAKE Sealand  Drive Newfield,  ME (L)  269,900  (S)  270,000 DOM:  8

BUNGANUT LAKE Rhode  Island  Avenue Alfred,  ME (L)  325,000  (S)  295,000 DOM:  397

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Lake Association Contacts Great East Lake Improvement Association PO  Box  911,  Sanbornville,  NH  03872 Mousam Lake Region Association P.O.  Box  333,  Springvale,  ME  04083 Wilson Lake Association Square Pond Improvement Association Loon Pond Betterment Association P.O.  Box  47,  Acton,  ME  04001 Moose Pond Association 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 P.O.  Box  483,  Belfast,  ME  04915



Bauneg Beg Lake Association P.O.  Box  538,  North  Berwick,  ME  03906 Balch Lake Improvement Committee  PO  Box  0494,  East  Wakefield,  NH  03830 Belleau Lake Property Owners Association P.O.  Box  188,  East  Wakefield  NH    03830

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Lakefront News Fall 2012