Abstract or Description
This map displays a conflict between Maine’s wind resources and its rich wildlife habitats. The map contrasts wind energy potential with conservation land and lynx critical habitat. By overlaying current and proposed wind turbines, the map shows which sites overlap with conservation land and lynx habitat. A buffer zone of 2000 meters around each turbine is used to estimate this conflict. A rough 2000 meters distance is the most widely agree upon turbine buffer by those who suggest buffers, utilized by over 18 different sources, including academic, local, and international sources.
Source Data Note
Maine Office of GIS, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Federal Aviation Administration, Wiseenergy.org
Recommended CitationZebrowski, Wesley M. "Atlas of Maine: Wind Turbine Conflict with Conservation Land and Lynx Habitat," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2016: No. 1, Article 15.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2016/iss1/15