Posted by

Marina Villeneuve (AP) Marina Villeneuve (AP)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Quimby gifts acreage to US government

Rate this item
(0 votes)
Quimby gifts acreage to US government (AP photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

AUGUSTA The Burt's Bees founder pushing for a new national park in Maine has given 87,500 acres of land to the U.S. government.

On Aug. 12, land conservationist Roxanne Quimby signed deeds transferring her nonprofit foundation's land in Maine's Katahdin region to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

A DOI spokeswoman said there's no announcement coming now about a national monument. Quimby's family has been lobbying President Barack Obama to grant the land monument status, a move that can be a stepping stone to national park status. Only Congress can create national parks, which are typically larger, while presidents can create national monuments under a 1906 federal law.

The Associated Press obtained copies of the deeds, which call the land along the Penobscot River a 'nationally significant natural and cultural landscape' and describe the land transfer as a 'gift.'

The land transferred to the U.S. government is nearly double the size of Acadia National Park, which began as Sieur de Monts National Monument.

This spring, Maine's legislature passed a symbolic bill saying the legislature doesn't consent to the federal government acquiring land for a monument.

The bill was signed by Gov. Paul LePage, who earlier this year said the state Bureau of Parks and Lands was taking steps to re-establish crossing rights to state land that's surrounded by foundation-owned land.

'That's one way to get out of paying taxes to the State of Maine,' LePage said in a statement. 'It's also an ego play for Roxanne Quimby and Sen. Angus King. It's sad that rich, out-of-state liberals can team up with President Obama to force a national monument on rural Mainers who do not want it. As I've said all along, the fix is in.'

LePage this year said out-of-state donors are behind the Natural Resources Council of Maine's support for the proposal. The group called the governor's comments 'total nonsense' and said it has thousands of Maine members.

Quimby and King, an independent, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

King, Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin last fall wrote a letter to Obama outlining their 'serious reservations' about the proposal and stating the conditions they hope to see in any designation.

King invited National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to one of two dueling hearings on the proposal this year. Poliquin, who says the project would negatively impact neighbors and the local economy, requested the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee to hold the second hearing.

Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree on Tuesday called the transfer a 'very generous gift' that would bring economic growth to the entire state while preserving hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

There is a deep divide in Maine among critics opposed to federal government intrusion and those who view the proposal as an economic lifeline that will protect the land. The region has struggled with double-digit unemployment since a pair of paper mills closed down.

Lucas St. Clair, Quimby's son marshalled the effort for an eventual national park by lobbying Maine's congressional delegation.

Nonbinding votes conducted in 2015 showed residents in Medway and East Millinocket both hit hard by the paper mill closures opposed the proposal 2 to 1. Local officials have said the plan wouldn't produce the promised jobs and that regulations aimed at protecting park vistas would limit industries in surrounding towns.

Quimby's foundation's proposal includes a $40 million endowment to fund park operations.

Quimby, who founded Burt's Bees with beekeeper Burt Shavitz in the mid-1980s, has said she'd like to see the land receive federal protected status this year during the National Park Service's centennial. The 100th anniversary is on Thursday.


  • Comment Link Noelia Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:00 posted by Noelia

    All Seasons Landscaping providers Puget Sound Space.

  • Comment Link Lillian Friday, 09 February 2018 17:07 posted by Lillian

    Wonderful work! This is the type of info that should
    be shared across the internet. Disgrace on Google for
    not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my
    site . Thanks =)

  • Comment Link Belle Wednesday, 07 February 2018 21:59 posted by Belle

    Limo 805 provides the best birthday celebration limousines.

  • Comment Link Rosa Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:47 posted by Rosa

    We offer limousines for any occasion or celebration.

  • Comment Link Leroy Tuesday, 23 January 2018 18:03 posted by Leroy

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital
    to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I'll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  • Comment Link MiguInnone Friday, 24 November 2017 01:09 posted by MiguInnone

    Zentel 400 Mg Pl Prix Du Cialis Avec Ordonnance Pharmacy Rx One Coupon cheap cialis Get Fluoxetine 40mg Ups Direct Pharmacy

  • Comment Link Jill Wednesday, 22 November 2017 22:16 posted by Jill

    Hi there, after reading this amazing paragraph i am as well cheerful to share
    my know-how here with friends.

  • Comment Link Larprible Saturday, 18 November 2017 19:03 posted by Larprible

    Propecia Efectos Clomid Avant Combien De Temps online pharmacy Como Tomar Cialis Methylprednisolone Online Sales

  • Comment Link MiguInnone Sunday, 12 November 2017 17:04 posted by MiguInnone

    Kamagra Qualitat levitra generico prezzo Catalogo Levitra No Prescription Meds Online Paypal

  • Comment Link Garrett Friday, 10 November 2017 19:33 posted by Garrett

    Its such as you learn my thoughts! You appear to know a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the ebook in it
    or something. I believe that you just could do with
    a few percent to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, that
    is magnificent blog. An excellent read. I'll certainly be back.

<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 Next > End >>

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.
Basic HTML code is allowed.


Website CMS and Development by Links Online Marketing, LLC, Bangor Maine