EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- East Millinocket is giving the town's residents another chance to vote on creating a national park on 75,000 acres of nearby forested land owned by Roxanne Quimby and her son Lucas St. Clair.
In 2011, the town rejected the proposal of the North Woods national park in a private vote. Now the town's Chairman of the Board of Selectmen said changes to the proposal would allow snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and other traditional outdoor activities that many people might not know about.
Those opposed to the plan fear that federal regulation of the park would affect the area's forest product industry, ruin any potential for the paper mill to reopen, and only create seasonal jobs. However, the chairman said the town needs to start taking steps towards rebuilding the local economy.