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Green groups blast highway proposal in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — Environmental groups took aim Monday at a proposal to build a privately funded toll highway across the midsection of Maine, saying that the road would pose a threat to the state’s environment and tourism economy.

A 220-mile highway creating a direct link from Calais, on the New Brunswick border in eastern Maine, to Coburn Gore along the Quebec border in the west, would cross or come close to more than 60 significant conservation and recreation areas, the heads of the Forest Ecology Network and ­Restore: The North Woods said at a press conference.

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