As the sole residents of unorganized territory T5 R7 deep within Maine’s North Woods, Duane Hanson and his wife, Sally Kwan, have watched the land around them—known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and recreational fishing—transformed by decades of development. 

But what troubles them most is what could happen in the next few months. State and corporate officials are pushing for construction of a 53-mile-long power line corridor cutting right through the woods and abutting the wild lands surrounding Hanson’s property. 

If its proponents succeed, Hanson fears the corridor may represent the beginning of the end of his ability to live “off the land” away from the noise of technology-obsessed modern society. Soon, that noise may be in his backyard. 

“I moved here to be

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