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State Approves Moosehead Lake Development Plan 

BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A regulatory board has unanimously approveda development with two resorts and more than 2,000 housing units inMaine’s Moosehead Lake area. Critics say the decision threatens thecharacter of the North Woods made famous by Henry David Thoreau. The Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday approved PlumCreek Timber Co.’s proposal, nearly five years after theSeattle-based company announced plans for the largest residentialdevelopment ever in Maine. But the vote won’t put an end to the process. Plum Creek wouldface additional approvals before construction, and opponents saidthey intend to file a lawsuit to stop the development. Prior to the vote, police arrested several protesters whodisrupted the meeting, yelled at board members and accused them ofselling out.