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Sears Island Home| Preserve | MDOT's Wetland Mitigation Proposal | History


Sears Island Update - May 2008

After more than thirty five years of controversy over what many call the “jewel” in Penobscot Bay, the Sierra Club and others concerned about the environment have helped to develop a plan that finally creates and codifies a permanent conservation easement on 600 acres, including an impressive four miles of coastline, myriad acres of wetland habitat and public access.


The Sierra Club has never endorsed a port on Sears Island.   Our position has, among other things, been to emphasize that a Mack Point build out is essential and that appropriate uses for Mack Point and Sears Island are compatibly managed for marine transportation, recreation, education and conservation.  According to the 2007 Sears Island Planning Initiative (SIPI) consensus agreement, “Permitting for a Cargo Port:  It is understood that none of the parties are endorsing in advance any proposal for a marine transportation facility”.


Information and documents of the Sears Island Planning Initiative and the Joint Use Planning Committee can be found on 



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