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Roxanne Quimby talks about her plans for the land she owns in Millinocket and the surrounding region during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket recently. More than 100 people attended the meeting at which Quimby took questions from the audience.

Roxanne Quimby sees mood changing on North Woods park

Nearly 20 years ago, after Restore: The North Woods unveiled its plan for a 3.2 million-acre Maine Woods National Park, Roxanne Quimby became an immediate fan. “I’ve always loved the national parks,” she said during an extensive interview recently. “I visit them every chance I can.” As the founder of Burt’s …
Roxanne Quimby presents "Economic Benefits of National Parks on Gateway Communities" on Monday in Millinocket.

Roxanne Quimby says national park would create tourism jobs

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Roxanne Quimby sees a national park as a jobs creator, not an employment killer. Speaking before more than 200 people at Stearns High School on Monday, the noted environmentalist and cofounder of the Burt’s Bees business empire presented a vision of the Katahdin region transformed by the …
Kea Tesseyman of Kinetic Energy Alive rips through the problems facing young people, revealing the words "future" and "change," at the Juice Conference in Camden on Nov. 4, 2011.

Roxanne Quimby, Angus King advocate risk at Camden Juice conference

CAMDEN, Maine — For three young men from Lincolnville, it was buying an old school bus, painting it chartreuse and road-tripping across the United States, producing a Web TV show on the way and helping out youth groups to boot. For former Gov. Angus King, it was starting a business …
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A fern grows near Twin Ponds in Township 4 where Elliotsville Plantation Inc. has opened 40,000 acres to hunting and other recreational use.

Official or not, Roxanne Quimby’s park vision taking shape

TOWNSHIP 2 RANGE 8, EAST OF BAXTER PEAK, Maine — Lucas St. Clair clearly has heard the question before. And he’s got plenty of answers that he’s happy to share. He also realizes that sometimes, it’s best to simply stand back and let Mother Nature do the talking for you. …
Naturalist Roxanne Quimby has a "seat fit for a queen," surrounded by wildflowers near a small pond in Winter Harbor.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MICHAEL YORK

State, Quimby agree land deal

State officials said Wednesday they have negotiated a final agreement with Roxanne Quimby to purchase thousands of acres in the Millinocket area in a deal that has helped thaw …

Quimby allows snowmobile trail in Millinocket

Area business owners and state snowmobile officials are hailing a decision made by conservation philanthropist Roxanne Quimby to allow an alternate snowmobile trail …
A snowmobile is parked outside a gate on land owned by Roxanne Quimby in January 2011.

Quimby allows snowmobile clubs access to her lands for a year, upon request

Snowmobilers can have access to trails on environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s land on a yearly basis if the snowmobile clubs that maintain them submit letters seeking permission, Quimby said Monday. A recent message to the dozen clubs that take care of the trails from Mark Leathers, a land manager at James …
Roxanne Quimby talks about her plans for her land  in Millinocket recently.

Maine Snowmobile Association slams Quimby’s park effort

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state’s largest snowmobiling organization accused environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s land manager on Wednesday of using coercive tactics to get support for a federal feasibility study of her proposed national park. Bob Meyers, executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, said that at meetings at snowsledding clubs in …
Mama's Boy Bistro in Winter Harbor.

Busy restaurant season ahead for Winter Harbor

WINTER HARBOR, Maine — For many years, it’s been culinary feast or famine in the seaside Hancock County community of Winter Harbor. This summer it appears it will be feast. Plans are in the works to reopen the long-mothballed Mama Boy’s Bistro restaurant in Winter Harbor, which has been sitting …
In this Jan. 28, 2011 photo, snowmobilers take in the scenery on a parcel of land sandwiched in between land owned by conservationist Roxanne Quimby in Township 5, Range 8, Maine.

Quimby says confirmation of snowmobilers’ access to her land ‘premature’

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Entrepreneur Roxanne Quimby has called “premature” a report that she and her land manager had reached a settlement with regional snowmobile clubs and dropped an implied threat to close snowmobile trails running through her lands this winter if snowmobile clubs failed to support her proposed national park. …
Millinocket resident and businesswoman Wendy Polstein speaks to the Millinocket Town Council at a meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2011. She told councilors that a national park could help forestall an exodus of town residents caused by the closure of the Katahdin region's last paper mill.

Millinocket residents argue about Roxanne Quimby’s national park idea

MILLINOCKET, Maine ― Roxanne Quimby has another chance to sell town leaders on a national park. Almost 2½ hours of discussion on a resolve condemning efforts to create a park ended Thursday with the Town Council voting to table the matter until Quimby presents her national park plan at a …

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011: Table games, North Woods park, Roxanne Quimby

Thankful, but keep it going We are lucky to live in northern Penobscot County. We have glorious natural resources in our backyard: Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, whitewater rafting on the Penobscot and endless opportunities for skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. It is a natural wonder rich with outdoor …

Quimby buys thousands more acres

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Conservation philanthropist Roxanne Quimby recently purchased several thousand acres in Piscataquis County in her effort to continue to preserve more land under her land …

Nov. 23 Letters to the Editor

Reading the BDN’s Nov. 17 article on Roxanne Quimby’s appointment made me chuckle. All the players use any excuse to expand or manipulate the system to achieve their goals. …
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Roxanne Quimby speaks during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011.

Looking Beyond a National Park

An economic development study proposed by Millinocket leaders could be just the right tool to break a logjam over the possibility of a national park in the region. Rather than examining the pros and cons of such a park — which remains highly controversial — an economic development assessment could …
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Roxanne Quimby speaks during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011.

Park question should be decided on merits, not Quimby’s views

Roxanne Quimby’s inflammatory descriptions of Maine and the Katahdin region quoted in a recent interview with Forbes will erode some of the soft support she was winning for her plan to establish a North Woods National Park. But those comments, however impolitic, should not change the task at hand for …
Roxanne Quimby during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011.

Snowe: Quimby’s ‘welfare state’ comments do not reflect reality of Maine

Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s recent statements calling Maine “a welfare state” that has a large population of obese and elderly people “do not reflect the reality and true nature of Maine,” U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday. Responding to comments by Quimby published at forbes.com last week, Snowe said through a …
Roxanne Quimby speaks during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011.

Gate installed by Quimby in Elliotsville Township a sore point with residents

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County officials have no authority to remove a gate recently erected by Roxanne Quimby across the Wilson Stream Pond Road because it involves privately owned land, the Piscataquis County commissioners ruled Tuesday. Seventeen Elliotsville Township residents petitioned the commissioners to remove the gate, which is in …
Roxanne Quimby speaks during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011.

East Millinocket voters to consider national park question

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Medway’s town leaders and residents are for it, Millinocket’s town leaders against, and on Tuesday local voters can say where they stand on a National Park Service feasibility study of Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park. As part of a nonbinding referendum on the subject, voters …
Roxanne Quimby poses in Portland, Maine.

Cape Elizabeth state senator forms group to promote Quimby’s proposed national park

A state senator from Cape Elizabeth announced Tuesday the formation of what she called a statewide organization that will lead the effort to help environmentalist and businesswoman Roxanne Quimby donate 70,000 acres for the creation of a national park in 2016. Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, said The Friends of …