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Medway to Vote on National Park Proposal on Tuesday

MEDWAY, Maine — A Maine town is holding a nonbinding referendum about a much-debated proposal to create a national park east of Baxter State Park.

Medway residents are scheduled to vote Tuesday. The park would be made up of 75,000 acres owned by Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt's Bees. Another 75,000 acres would be a recreation area.

Residents have debated the park proposal in recent public meetings. Supporters say it would create jobs, drive tourism and include recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping and fishing. Opponents cite a perceived loss of recreational access. Some say they don't want to turn land over to the National Park Service.

Medway's vote will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. East Millinocket is slated to hold a similar vote on June 29.