Posts Tagged ‘Keeping Maine’s Forests’

Secretary Salazar comes to Millinocket to discuss Park

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Secretary Salazar - Photo by Kevin Bennett of BDN

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…

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Quimby could better use her money investing in Katahdin region

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Commissioner Designate Cheryl RussellBy 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.

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Quimby’s national park initiative could spark lively debate in Millinocket

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

MILLINOCKET, Maine ― Town leaders will meet today to discuss whether to publicly oppose efforts to turn a vast chunk of the North Woods into a national park, something they last did in 2000.

Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said he expects “lively discussion” when the Town Council meets at 4:30 p.m.

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Maine Woods National Park idea faces challenges

Monday, April 18th, 2011

(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.

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Quimby wants to donate national park

Monday, March 28th, 2011

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?

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Also see a related story in the Bangor Daily News

LURC abolition bill introduced

Monday, January 10th, 2011

By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service

AUGUSTA, Maine — The 40-year- old Maine Land Use Regulation Commission would be abolished and zoning responsibilities for the state’s Unorganized Territory transferred to the counties under a measure introduced by Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville.

“The issue for me was the Plum Creek hearings and the costs for that permitting,” he said. “My bill would send this whole thing back to the counties and let the counties develop a plan and a permitting process.”

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W. Maine mountain parks topic of hearing

Monday, December 6th, 2010

By The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The future of parks and public lands in the western mountains region of Maine will be the topic of an open meeting before the state Bureau of Parks and Lands.

The public is invited Monday evening to comment on a management plan that will guide the bureau’s management of state parks and public lands for the next 15 years in the region, which includes the Rangeley Lakes area and the rugged, mountainous Mahoosuc region

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Gene Conologue Podcast; Perils of a N. Woods Natl Park

Monday, December 6th, 2010

by Michelle Anderson

Last week, I sat down with Eugene Conlogue who is, among other things, the Vice President of the Maine Woods Coalition.

We spoke about the online petition which purports to be sponsored by the National Park Service, the push for a national park and why people who live in rural Maine oppose it, Mr. Obama’s “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative, the os-called “Listening Session” in Bangor, the Northern Forest Alliance, and the part the preservationists played in the demise of Great Northern Paper/Inexcon.

*Full disclosure: I am on the steering committee of the Maine Woods Coalition, as is my husband.

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New Piece of North Woods Nat’l Park in Place

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Deal to protect 4,777 acres on border

By Terry Karkos, Staff Writer

SUCCESS TOWNSHIP, N.H. — [T]he National Park Service closed…a $2.48M deal to conserve…4,800 acres in…N.H.

Forest Legacy Program funds from 2009-10 enabled the Nov. 2 purchase from father and son landowners Thomas and Scott Dillon of Anson, Maine.

[T]he land will be managed by the [USFS] White Mountain National Forest….

“This was a big win for us,” Steve Wight.., Mahoosuc Initiative said….

“It’s all part of an attempt to create connectivity among conserved parcels so…there is ability for wildlife travel corridors [and] human travel.” Wight said.


Aroostook State Park to expand

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

AUGUSTA — The Maine Conservation Department says Aroostook State Park is growing by 25 percent thanks to a purchase with state and federal funds and a private donation

Source: PPH

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