This story would be funny if the issue were not so serious. Ben Townsend of Chelsea emailed the story to me last week after I wrote a newspaper column criticizing Governor Paul LePage for withholding bonds needed to complete Land for Maine’s Future projects. I am certain I don’t have to tell you about that controversy!
But here’s one element of it you don’t know. Ben Townsend has been providing free legal services to the Clifton Climbers Alliance. Ben told me that the Alliance is “a Maine nonprofit that was formed in January of 2014 for the primary purpose of purchasing Eagle Bluff in Clifton, following the untimely death of its previous owner, who had generously permitted public access.”
Ben reports that Eagle Bluff is a 165-acre parcel that “hosts not only popular hiking trails but a rock climbing area that has been widely recognized as a premier recreational resource.” It’s important to note that the town of Clifton and its local officials enthusiastically supported the project.