If you wouldn’t build a Wal Mart in the White Mountain National Forest, why would you build a private project like Northern Pass? — Dannis.

It’s the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, not the Appalachian National Hiking Trail, not the Appalachian National Recreational Trail. –Metheny.

Does a new boa constrictor threaten the White Mountain National Forest? –More.

We don’t plan to fail. –Abbott.

150 people sacrificed foliage, fine weather, football, and the Highland Games to attend the info meeting sponsored by the Easton Conservation Commission on September 23. Keynote speaker Rebecca Weeks More and eight participants from the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Conservation Law Foundation, Responsible Energy Action LLC, and Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests discussed various aspects of Northern Pass’s effort to cross ten miles of public land in the national forest.

More presented a broad historical overview of why and how the forest was created and emphasized that it is meant to serve the long term public good, not short term private gain. Schibanoff, Dannis, and Duggan (REAL) examined the USFS permitting process, Metheny (ATC) described requirements to cross the AT, and Kimball (AMC) presented an overview of the AMC’s newly completed visual impact study that will play a crucial role in both the DOE and USFS evaluations of Northern Pass’s presidential and special use permit applications, respectively. (Anticipating the AMC’s release of this study, Northern Pass issued its “clear-eyed view” blog, following, on Sept. 21.) Abbott addressed the Forest Society’s ongoing Trees Not Towers campaign. Baker (REAL) and Courchesne (CLF) participated in the concluding discussion session with the audience.

“Bulldog” Brian Tilton has posted the audio transcripts here