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    Maine Snowmobile Assoc. hopes to build trails near wind farms

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Maine Snowmobile Association is working with ten of the state’s wind farms to create trails through the farms, according to Associated Press and

    The snowmobile association, which represents 285 clubs, is working with the wind farm owners including: First Wind, TransCanada, Patriot Renewables and other developers on the project.

    This could add 600 miles of trails to the 14,000 miles of trails in Maine.

    Ride-ins occurred for the past four winters on First Wind’s Stetson wind farm where two windmills are operating.

    "The industry is always looking to partner with other users of the land," said Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, to AP.

    The wind power companies see this as helping to eliminate disputes in windmill planning process, according to the AP.

    Snowmobile trails already are on 98% of the route proposed to link the 8 to 10 wind farms.

    The proposed route would go from near western Maine's border with Canada, south near Rumford, with stops at Woodstock, Freedom, Washington County and touching Canada in eastern Aroostook County.

    Snowmobilers would be allowed to ride near the windmills but not on the properties.

    Windmill trail markers would be created to post on the trails once it is completed.

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