Upton Conservation Efforts Conserved Everything Except Upton

hunter in the Maine woods. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorCiting the continued purchase of property by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the difficulty in finding people to serve in leadership roles, Upton Selectman Bob Pepler has recently been informally surveying residents on whether the town should de-organize. Upton has fewer than 100 year-round residents. It has been plagued in recent years with difficult political issues. The buy-up of private properties to add to the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge is one of them. Some residents worry that because such land can no longer be taxed by the town, other property owners’ taxes will increase as the tax base shrinks. “With the tax base eroding, I don’t see the future being bright,” Pepler said recently when he was contacted by the Citizen. (read more at Bethel Citizen)