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Uploaded on May 4, 2012

Seeking solitude and peace in a small cottage beside an overgrown road in backwoods Maine, David Manter found something else entirely. This was the Young Road in a town called Fayette in central Maine's lakes district, where the laws dated from an era when farming was the only way of life in these Appalachian foothills. As he reclaimed the road, heavy vehicles began using it for logging. Then real estate development put the whole chain of life around Hale's Pond at risk. The courts were no recourse, for the legislature had not even acknowledged that a road could be sometimes a good thing and a sometimes bad thing. Ancient road law and new environmental law were like two coastlines newly emerging form the ocean. Nobody had traveled between them yet.

Oak Hill Road Wars documents the Manters' thirty-year-long struggle with government over the very concept of a public easement, a road that the public is free to use but does not have to maintain.

Through interviews with the ordinary people entangled in this entrenched and bitter feud and with attorneys and environmentalists, Lonefeather Productions brings you one of many compelling local stories waiting to be told.

Lonefeather Productions

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