Stories about Baxter State Park

Lucas St. Clair speaks during a meeting of the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Talking up the national park: St. Clair answers critics, says proposal would create jobs

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 18, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – Lucas St. Clair says if he were to turn the 150,000-acre area proposed for a national park and recreation area over to the logging industry, it would produce 53 jobs, according to a study by a University of Maine economist. But the son of environmentalist and entrepreneur …
Lucas St. Clair

National park debate to reopen in northern Penobscot County; Lincoln chamber to hold informational meetings

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 10, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
A local business organization will be the first in northern Maine to publicly re-examine its stance on a proposed north woods national park with two meetings it plans to hold, organizers said Tuesday. Lucas St. Clair, a leader in the national park effort and son of conservationist …
Atlantic puffins are just one kind of bird festival-goers may encounter this year. Birding festivals are popular ways for novice and expert birders to get together and share their knowledge.

Festivals for novice, experienced birders alike

By Bob Duchesne on March 08, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
One way to deal with the dregs of winter is to plan summer. May I suggest a birding festival? Festivals have much to offer. Each is invariably scheduled for the ideal birding season in its particular locale. Festivals have experts on hand to guide walks and offer programs. Festivals put …

Baxter State Park rangers help find five lost bear-hunting dogs

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 18, 2012, at 7:49 p.m.
Baxter State Park rangers usually help find lost people, but they’re not above helping locate lost hunting dogs, even when there are five of them, park Director Jensen Bissell said Tuesday. Guided partly by telephone calls from their owner, the rangers helped return five lost …

Two hikers rescued on Mount Katahdin

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 15, 2012, at 11:24 a.m.
BAXTER STATE PARK | When the call reporting an injured hiker came in Thursday, Campground Ranger Gardner Waldeier actually was farther up Mount Katahdin than the hiker was — and that was only Gardner’s first rescue of the day, his supervisor said Friday. Waldeier was among 22 rescuers who …
A day hiker takes in the view on the slopes of Mount Katahdin, elevation 5,270, the tallest mountain in Maine, as clouds blow by the ridgeline in 2006. Mount Katahdin is in Baxter State Park.

Baxter State Park opens some roads, fishing spots

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 04, 2012, at 7:43 p.m.
A moderate winter has allowed Baxter State Park officials to gratify fishermen and fiddlehead gatherers by opening several park roads this week, Director Jensen Bissell said Friday. Most roads in the north end of the park and above the treelines leading to Mount Katahdin are …
Ken Spalding of Wayne explores Katahdin Lake as storm clouds clear over mile-high Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in 2007.

Key privately owned parcel offered to Baxter State Park

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 02, 2012, at 8:24 p.m.
A timber management company is offering to donate one of the last remaining privately owned parcels of land around Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park. Five years ago, Baxter State Park officials accepted the deed to roughly 4,000 acres surrounding Katahdin Lake and, in the process, achieved the original vision …
Roxanne Quimby

Quimby’s idea for a national park gathering momentum, supporters say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 05, 2011, at 9:09 p.m.
MEDWAY | A citizens committee formed to investigate the feasibility of Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to give to the National Park Service 70,000 acres she owns adjacent to Baxter State Park announced Wednesday that 16 groups support having the park service study the proposal’s feasibility. George McLaughlin, co-chairman of the …

Millinocket schools aim to teach environmental stewardship

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 03, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.
Environmental stewardship will be the common theme of a multidisciplinary course Superintendent Kenneth Smith and town educators hope to assemble for grades four through 12, officials said Monday. The idea, Smith said, is to combine courses including geology, biology, chemistry, physics and earth science into one course …

Wardens on way to help ill Appalachian Trail hiker

By Diana Bowley on Sept. 29, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 1 RANGE 11 | Wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with a warden pilot, were in the process of trying to rescue an ill Appalachian Trail hiker late Thursday in the 100 Mile Wilderness area south of Baxter State Park, according to the Piscataquis …

LePage won’t take sides on Quimby’s national park plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 10, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is watching the debate over Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to turn 70,000 acres adjacent to Baxter State Park into a national park, but has no plans to stake out a position immediately, Conservation Commissioner William Beardsley said Wednesday. “I think he feels that the dialogue …

Don’t Eat the Park

on Aug. 07, 2011, at 4:07 p.m.
New York City’s parks are coping with a new problem that may spread to Maine’s parks: People are busy gathering edible plants like mushrooms, American ginger and elderberries. Park officials say the foraging boom has gotten out of hand and want it to stop. They are training rangers to watch …

Medway panel pushes for national park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 03, 2011, at 4:38 p.m.
Several town officials have formed a committee that will work in tandem with environmentalist and entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby to push Congress to authorize a feasibility study of her plan to turn 70,000 acres adjoining Baxter State Park into a national park, they said Wednesday. The committee, co-chairman …
Caleb Miller

Hiker fulfills lifelong dream with trek for cystic fibrosis research

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 02, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.
BAXTER STATE PARK | When Caleb Miller sets his mind to doing something, he doesn’t let much stand in his way, even if his goal means hiking 1,086 rugged miles to a mountaintop 5,268 feet high with about 20 pounds of gear on his back. That’s why the 17-year-old …

East Millinocket school leaders deadlock on park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 26, 2011, at 9:20 p.m.
The school committee will take no position on having a feasibility study done on environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a 70,000-acre national park next to Baxter State Park, but not willingly. With very little discussion, committee members voted 2-2 on whether to support a feasibility …

East Millinocket school board weighs plan for national park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 25, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.
The school committee will be the next Katahdin region governmental body to consider whether to support a study of the feasibility of environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s idea of siting a national park next to Baxter State Park, Superintendent Quenten Clark said Monday. The committee will meet at …

Katahdin Chamber supports national park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 20, 2011, at 9:26 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | The Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce supports a study of the feasibility of creating a national park near Baxter State Park, its president said Wednesday. With members Deb Roundtree and Thomas Malcolm absent, the Chamber’s board of directors voted 9-0 on Tuesday to support the study, which …
Roxanne Quimby presents "Economic Benefits of National Parks on Gateway Communities" on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Stearns High School in Millinocket. Quimby, a conservationist and founder of Burt's Bees, is hoping to develop a Maine Woods National Park in the region and cites the economic success of communities in Colorado and Alaska as incentive for Millinocket residents to embrace the idea of reinventing itself as a national park gateway communitiy.

Snowe, Collins skeptical of Quimby’s park proposal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 19, 2011, at 3:09 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | Roxanne Quimby sees a national park as part of her potential legacy and hopes to make a gift of 70,000 acres for a park to the federal government in 2016. But the millionaire co-founder of Burt’s Bees and noted environmentalist said during a meeting at Stearns High …

Bangor Hike for the Homeless set for Saturday

By Eric Russell on April 06, 2011, at 4:56 p.m.
For the first several years the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter’s annual Hike for the Homeless was held, the event was largely invisible, not unlike the homeless population itself. Back in the mid-1990s, the event was truly a hike, first at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park and …

Search teams rescue UM student who was hiking on Katahdin trail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 20, 2011, at 12:33 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | A Madawaska man snowshoeing in Baxter State Park on Saturday spent the night alone in the woods after being separated from his three friends, Park Director Jensen Bissell said Sunday, just hours after the man was found. Chris Dubois, 23, a University of Maine student, hiked Mount …