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Secretary Salazar comes to Millinocket to discuss Park

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Federal feasibility studies recommend against 50 percent of the proposed parks they study, and the dimensions of Roxanne Quimby’s proposed North Woods National Park would be controlled by laws and legislatures, not bureaucrats bent on controlling northern Maine, the federal government’s top land manager said Thursday. Speaking occasionally and more often listening to more than 300 people at Stearns High School’s auditorium… Read the full story and see a video on the...

Quimby could better use her money investing in Katahdin region

By Cheryl H. Russell, Special to the BDN The noose is getting tighter. I attended the recent meeting in Millinocket where I listened to Roxanne Quimby extol the virtues of a Maine Woods or North Woods National Park. Mayors from Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colo., were part of a three-hour show like no other I have attended. The wolf is at the door, speaking economic growth to an audience that wants desperately to have some hope. It’s time for people of good sense to not get lulled into thinking that a federal park is going to provide jobs. It’s time for us to oppose federal zoning in the Maine woods. Quimby said by the year 2016, the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, it is her goal to have another national park in Maine, a park that would be nearly twice the size of Acadia National Park. She said she has put aside $20 million and plans to raise another $20 million as an endowment for park maintenance, which she estimates at a 5 percent rate of return could provide $2 million annually to fund park maintenance. Even bad schemes have great talking points. Read full column on...

Maine Woods National Park idea faces challenges

(AP)  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Judging by the reaction of Maine’s congressional delegation, a wealthy conservationist has some convincing to do if she’s to sell her idea of another national park in Maine. While no one rejected Roxanne Quimby’s idea outright, all four members of Maine’s delegation expressed some level of concern about the proposal by the founder of Burt’s Bees personal care products to turn over more than 70,000 remote acres to the National Park Service. The Park Service finds the idea intriguing, especially since it thinks people in the Northeast have fewer parks than other areas of the country. The park’s acreage would be roughly double the size of Maine’s Acadia National Park, which draws more 2 million visitors a year. Read entire story on...

Quimby wants to donate national park

By DAVID SHARP, The Associated Press TOWNSHIP 3, RANGE 8 — Maine sportsmen were outraged when Roxanne Quimby, the conservation-minded founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, bought up tens of thousands of acres of Maine’s fabled North Woods – and had the audacity to forbid hunters, loggers, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles on the expanses. Quimby confronted the hornet’s nest she’d stirred up head-on – calling one of her sharpest critics, George Smith, then-executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. Smith couldn’t believe his ears. The back-to-the-earth advocate who made millions with her eco-friendly line of personal care products was calling him at home, on a Saturday morning? Read entire story in the Portland Press Herald Also see a related story in the Bangor Daily...