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