PORTLAND, Maine — Conservationist Roxanne Quimby has some convincing to do if she’s to sell her idea of another national park in Maine, starting with the state’s congressional delegation.
All four members of Maine’s delegation surveyed by The Associated Press expressed some level of concern about the proposal by the founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics company. Quimby wants to turn more than 70,000 remote acres over to the National Park Service.
In a giveback to sportsmen, she envisions providing an additional 30,000 acres for sportsmen to compensate for land lost to hunting, trapping and snowmobiling.
The Park Service is intrigued, but Congress would have the final say.
If she can win support, Quimby wants to complete the deal in five years on the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.