National Park

Month in Review

Oct 31, 2017
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Our panel of editorial page editors reviews the news that made Maine headlines in October. Some of the stories we’ll discuss  include:  Susan Collin’s decision not to run for governor, Governor LePage and his off-again, on-again judicial nominations, and proposed fee hikes at national parks.

Guests:  Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

A view of some of the land donated by Roxanne Quimby to the Federal Government.
C. Schmitt

It appears that philanthropist and entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby is finally getting her wish. Nearly 90,000 acres of land she owns east of Baxter State Park have been transferred to the federal government as of Tuesday morning. Quimby has been hoping to create a national park, and more recently a national monument in Maine’s North Woods, for nearly 20 years.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Two former Acadia National Park superintendents and two former presidents of Friends of Acadia are throwing their support behind a proposal for a new national park in the Katahdin region.

BANGOR, Maine - Citizens who back a national park in Maine's North Woods are calling again on the state's congressional delegation to get behind the project.

At a Bangor press conference this morning, they announced they would be delivering a petition with 13,500 signatures supporting the park to the Bangor, Waterville, and Augusta offices of Maine's U.S. senators and house members.

Over the summer, residents in East Millinocket and Medway voted - in non-binding straw polls - against the creation of a national park and recreation area.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Supporters of a planned national park in northern Maine are inviting the public to take a virtual trip of the area at a meeting in Kennebunkport.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine supports the creation of the national park next to Baxter State Park, home of Mount Katahdin. Executive Director Lisa Pohlmann says she will present the virtual tour of the park at Atlantic Hall in Kennebunkport's Cape Porpoise village on Aug. 27.

John Clarke Russ / Bangor Daily News file photo

By Nick Sambides Jr., Bangor Daily News

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - Residents in East Millinocket, Maine, are rejecting a controversial proposal to create a national park east of Baxter State Park.

Residents voted in a nonbinding referendum on the proposal on Monday night. Town officials say the majority of voters opposed the idea. Medway voters also voted "no'' in a similar vote last week.

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.

MEDWAY, Maine -  Supporters of a national park in northern Maine have a lot more work to do to convince residents in one area town to support the proposal.

In a non-binding straw vote Tuesday, 252 Medway residents opposed the park, while 102 voters supported it.

Park opponents say the vote is proof that an expensive campaign to convince area residents to support the proposal isn't working.  That campaign is being waged by Roxanne Quimby's son, Lucas St. Clair, and Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., the non-profit that manages Quimby's vast land holdings in the North Woods.

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.

MEDWAY, Maine - Two Maine towns will soon host nonbinding referendums about a controversial proposal to create a national park east of Baxter State Park.

Medway's vote is scheduled for Tuesday and East Millinocket's is slated for Monday, June 29. 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 vigorously debated the merits of the proposal park in recent meetings.

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - More than 200 businesses have come out against a new national park in Maine's North Woods, ahead of a debate tonight on the proposal and two key municipal votes next week. The plan calls for a 75,000-acre national park between Baxter State Park and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, and a 75,000-acre recreation area that would allow snowmobiling and hunting.

A new poll of 500 likely voters in Maine's 2nd Congressional District finds overwhelming support for a national park and recreation area in the Katahdin region.  The poll, conducted in May by national pollster Hans Kaiser, found that 67 percent of respondents approve of the idea of creating a 150,000-acre park and recreation area east of Baxter State Park.  About 25 percent oppose it.  

The group that hopes to create a national park and recreation area in Maine's North Woods is holding a telephone town hall meeting tonight. Callers will be able to dial in and ask questions about all aspects of the proposals.

On the line answering them will be Lucas St. Clair, who has been managing the campaign to develop a national park and recreation area on land owned by his mother, Roxanne Quimby.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a proposal to establish a new national park east of Baxter State park say their cause is gaining steam after a group of 200 business owners fired off a letter to Maine's Congressional Delegation this week.

The letter cites the jobs and economic benefits such a park could bring to an area of the state that's suffered from a lack of jobs since the region's paper industry folded.

  The debate over a new national park in Maine - hear the latest on a move to declare up to seventy-five thousand acres of Maine wilderness, wilderness that's home to some of the state's best fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, canoeing and views, part of a national park, and another seventy-five thousand acres a national recreation area.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Lucas St. Clair, president of the board of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

and Don Kleiner, Executive Director, Maine Professional Guides Association