Quimby adds more Maine land to her holdings

Roxanne Quimby
Roxanne Quimby
Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 1:14 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 07, 2011, at 6:50 p.m.
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ELLIOTSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Maine — Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby has added to her land holdings with the purchase of 965 acres of forestland that includes Little and Big Wilson Streams in Elliotsville Township.

The recent acquisition brings Quimby’s land holdings to just over 100,000 acres in the state, most of which is in central and northern Maine, according to Mark Leathers of the James Sewall Co., Quimby’s land manager.

The purchase was made through Elliotsville Plantation Inc., a private foundation Quimby established for the acquisition and conservation of land and the preservation of open space for public benefit and for educational and stewardship programs.

Quimby has proposed the creation of a national park on the property she owns near Baxter State Park.

The land Quimby recently bought, which is east of the Appalachian Trail and includes Little and Big Wilson Streams, several picturesque gorges and waterfalls, was previously owned by Caratunk Falls Timber Associates.

The deed was recorded on Aug. 29 in the Piscataquis County Registry of Deeds. The purchase price was not available Wednesday nor would Leathers reveal the amount.

The property was appealing to Quimby because of its beauty and the fact it is contiguous to two existing Elliotsville Plantation Inc. sanctuary lands: that of Little Greenwood, a 285-acre parcel adjacent to the Maine Audubon Society’s Borestone Mountain Sanctuary, and the Appalachian Trail Sanctuary, a 10,000-acre area extending seven miles along the 100-mile wilderness section of the AT, according to Leathers.

Quimby will allow low-impact recreational uses on the property that are compatible with her stewardship goals, which are to protect the views of Borestone Mountain and preserve the ecosystem of the entire region, Leathers said. He declined, however, to elaborate Wednesday on what low-impact recreational use would be allowed.

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