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Plum Creek delays tree harvest Pressure may lead to sale of rare, old forest near Big Wilson Stream

Plum Creek Timber Co. officials said they are talking with several potential buyers interested in protecting a rare, 220-acre forest near Elliotsville containing trees older than the state of Maine itself. Plum Creek has temporarily shelved any plans to harvest in what some people have dubbed the Big Wilson Stream …

Moosehead, North Woods study needed

Conservationists, we are told, may be defined by the concern they have for the kind of world they’ll leave their great-grandchildren. If that’s the case, Plum Creek Timber Co.’s plan for developing thousands of acres of Moosehead Lake wilderness should give them much to be concerned about. Seattle-based Plum Creek, …

Philanthropist offers to buy building in Guilford for historical society

GUILFORD – A philanthropist has offered to pay the town of Guilford $80,000 for the purchase of the town-owned J. K. Edes Building on Water Street so the local historical society can restore it. During a press conference held Tuesday on the steps of the circa-1850s building, Robert Shaffer, historical …

A difficult place TO DO BUSINESS? Executives lament poor climate for commerce in Maine

Several business leaders told a legislative panel seeking ways to improve Maine’s prosperity that the state suffers from real and perceived policies which discourage economic growth. “We are seen, in reality or in perception, as an unfriendly place to do business,” said Larry Shaw, president of the Presque Isle-based Maine …
Millinocket Town Councilor Richard Theriault listens to a resident following a council meeting in this 2014 BDN file photo.

Millinocket maintains opposition to North Woods national park, for now

The Millinocket Town Council on Thursday night decided not to send a letter to Maine’s congressional delegation detailing conditions it would require of a proposed North Woods national park. Councilors voted 6-0 to hold onto the three-page letter drafted by Town Manager Peggy Daigle in February. Daigle …

Guilford native withdraws community center proposal

GUILFORD – A former Guilford resident and her husband have withdrawn their proposal to build a community center on the former Braeburn block after a local industry shelved its plan to donate two adjacent lots, according to a town official. Guilford native Jeanine “Jen” Samuel and her husband, David, formerly …

Quimby opens land to sportsmen Participants hope talks will lead to lasting peace regarding forest use

OLD TOWN – Roxanne Quimby agreed to allow continued public access to 23,000 acres she owns near Katahdin Lake after a 21/2-hour meeting Friday that raised hope for eventual peace among warring sportsmen, environmentalists and loggers. As part of the agreement, hunting, ATV riding, snowmobiling and other activities allowed on …

Quimby purchase challenges Katahdin Lake deal

The Bangor Daily News editorial of Sept. 16-17 titled “Hunting for Access” misfired. But we can’t fault you because, like the legislators who endorsed the complex Katahdin Lake deal, you did not have all the necessary information. Indeed, we were all misled. Here are the facts. Roxanne Quimby has purchased …

Millinocket councilors blast Quimby purchase

MILLINOCKET – Two council members sharply critical of what they called the preservationist movement of northern Maine had strong words Thursday for Gov. John Baldacci and conservationist Roxanne Quimby. Councilor David Cyr called Quimby’s recent $10 million purchase of 23,000 acres in Township 3 Range 8 and Township 2 Range …

Katahdin Lake: At what cost?

The recent media flap over Roxanne Quimby’s land purchase is sadly reminiscent of the Legislature’s inept deliberations over LD 2015 last spring involving the acquisition lands surrounding Katahdin Lake (KL) to expand Baxter Park. Instead of focusing on the relevant issue under its purview – the ill-advised fire sale of …

Panel urges more funds for land program

AUGUSTA – A state panel launched a year ago to sort out issues involving public access to private lands declined Wednesday to recommend any legislation, but pressed for additional funding of the Land for Maine’s Future Program. The panel, appointed by Gov. John Baldacci, said more money for the land …
East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

LINCOLN | Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …

Land swap strikes balance 24,400 acres swapped near Baxter State Park

North Woods conservationists and businessmen on Wednesday hailed a 24,400-acre land swap between preservationist and Burt’s Bees millionaire Roxanne Quimby and logger William T. Gardner that they say balanced environmental, business and sportsmen’s interests. “We congratulate the parties for coming to terms on this,” Deputy Commissioner Karen Tilberg of the …
Patty Sheehan of Millinocket talked on Wednesday about the Quimby family dropping its proposal for a 70,000-acre national park next to Baxter State Park. Sheehan said that she was glad to see it go. "I think the park we have here is enough," she said.

Katahdin region residents wait for Quimby family’s next move

MEDWAY, Maine – Lisa McLaughlin and her husband were hunting, driving their pickup truck along an old logging road in Bowerbank in southern Piscataquis County last month, when she told her husband to head for a favorite spot. “I said, ‘Let’s take a left this time,’ and he said, ‘Look, …

An incredible collection of old-time stuff

Earlier this summer “Joey Green’s Incredible Country Store: Potions, Notions and Elixirs of the Past and How to Make Them Today” by, of course, Joey Green appeared on my desk. I took it home, thinking I’d take a long look at it some Sunday afternoon while I was enjoying a …
John Malone (center) is now the United States' largest landowner

Maine’s newest big-time landowner is also the nation’s largest landowner

ELLSWORTH | A Colorado billionaire who purchased more than 1 million acres of commercial timberland in Maine and New Hampshire earlier this year has officially been crowned the nation’s largest private landowner. John Malone, who is chairman of Liberty Media Corp., edged out his friend and fellow media mogul …
Portland mayoral candidates Michael Brennan, Markos Miller, Ethan Strimling and Nicholas Mavodones line up alongside Portland Education Association President Kathleen Casasa on Tuesday afternoon at Deering High School as Casasa announces the teachers union's slate of four endorsed candidates.

Portland Tomorrow, teachers union, Quimby line up support for mayoral candidates

Michael Brennan and Nicholas Mavodones claimed big endorsements for their campaigns Tuesday as the race to become Portland’s first popularly elected mayor since 1923 hit its final month. Candidates Mavodones and Brennan ranked first and second, respectively, in the Portland Education Association’s slate of four endorsed candidates, …

North Woods land sale troubles locals Fear is 70,000-acre deal will lead to park

SHIN POND – More than 75 residents of Maine’s North Woods gathered at a local business Thursday morning to discuss J.D. Irving Ltd.’s pending sale of more than 70,000 acres of their back yard. Some were angry that the state had not purchased the land for public use. Others were …
Seen speaking to an assembly in Lincoln in June, national park proponent Lucas St. Clair said a consultant’s report advocating for more tourism in the Katahdin region falls short of an endorsement of his proposal.

Consultant’s Millinocket report seen to have little effect on Katahdin region national park efforts

Despite endorsing efforts to promote tourism around public lands, the blunt report from a Virginia economic development firm for Millinocket was silent on the largest possible project in line with that strategy: a North Woods national park. The leading advocate for a national park doesn’t see the …

Fundraising next job for Baxter deal $11.5M, timberland trade elements of lake acquisition

Now that the political wrangling is over, the architects of a plan to add Katahdin Lake to Baxter State Park are gearing up for the next big challenge: Raising the money to seal the deal. Sam Hodder, senior project manager for the Trust for Public Land, said his nonprofit now …