National Park opponents send letter urging Quimby family to drop park plan | News
MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Opponents of a national park in the Katahdin region have sent a letter to Roxanne Quimby and her son Lucas St. Clair urging them both to drop their plans for a park on land the Quimby family owns nearby.
The plan is to put the park on land east of Baxter State Park. Seventy-five=thousand acres would be set aside for a national park and 75 thousand acres for a national recreation area that would allow hunting and snowmobiling.
The Maine Woods Coalition said recent referendums in East Millinocket and Medway showed voters there overwhelmingly reject the idea. The Millinocket Town Council also opposes it.
The letter reads in part, "The opposition in these towns is even more striking given the economic devastation the region has experienced with the demise of Great Northern Paper.. the people in the towns that would be most impacted by your plans have told you 'no'."
The Maine Woods Coalition includes members of the Maine Snowmobile Association, Sportsmens Alliance of Maine, and the Maine Forest Products Council. They are asking Quimby and St. Clair to focus their efforts on other economic development.
David Farmer, a spokesperson for Lucas St. Clair and Elliotsville Plantation, says this park is a significant economic development initiative and says opponents have produced no viable alternative for the region. He says they are moving forward and says their own polling shows that two thirds of voters in the second congressional district support the national park proposal.