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Cosmetics maven buys T5 R8 Roxanne Quimby’s 24,083 acres from Irving may become national park

Rumors that Roxanne Quimby planned to purchase a township on the boundary of Baxter State Park for a future North Woods National Park were proven true Monday with the closure of a deal to purchase 24,083 acres from Irving. Maine Environmental News verified the sale on its Web site Monday …
Snowmobilers take in the scenery on a parcel of land sandwiched in between land owned by conservationist Roxanne Quimby in Township 5, Range 8 on Jan. 28, 2011.

Warm December might imperil snowmobiling season

Bob Meyers isn’t worried — yet. The executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, one of the prime engines to the state’s $300 million to $350 million snowmobile industry, isn’t particularly concerned about the state having its warmest November on record last month or being on track for its rainiest …
Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3 Range 8, Maine, on land owned by Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burt's Bees cosmetics company.

87% of surveyed Patten residents oppose Quimby’s plan, park opponent claims

A group opposing environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park found that 87 percent of Patten-area residents called in a December survey rejected Quimby’s idea, the group’s founder said Friday. Former Maine Senate President Charles Pray said the survey of about 10 percent of the listed telephone …
A gate erected by Roxanne Quimby blocking a road in Elliotsville Township has been removed after an investigation determined the road is not considered abandoned.

Quimby’s gate in Elliotsville Plantation was not legal, county commissioners say

DOVER-FOXCROFT | The gate blocking Wilson Stream Pond Road in Elliotsville Plantation has been opened and will stay open for the foreseeable future. After searching through archived records in Dover-Foxcroft and Augusta, the Piscataquis County commissioners ruled on Tuesday that a gate erected by philanthropist Roxanne Quimby last year …
Councilor Michael Madore holds a map illustrating environmentalist Roxanne Quimby's land holdings during a meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Quimby should launch her national park privately, councilor says

MILLINOCKET | Environmentalist and millionaire businesswoman Roxanne Quimby should create her own park on the 70,000 acres she wants to donate to the National Park Service to show whether the concept can work, one of her proposal’s leading critics said Friday. Town Councilor Mike Madore, who spoke out against …
Lucas St. Clair

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

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 …
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.

Lack of snow delays northern New England snowmobile season

MONTPELIER, Vt. — With the ground bare and temperatures in the 40s in the days before Christmas, the head of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association wasn’t checking the forecast anymore. Why bother? “There’s nothing I can do about it. Why get more discouraged?” said Gail Hanson, the association’s executive director. …
Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond (left) speaks while Councilor Michael Madore holds a map illustrating environmentalist Roxanne Quimby's land holdings during a meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Quimby rep unfazed by Millinocket leaders’ opposition to park

Opposition from the Town Council to environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s plan to give 70,000 acres she owns to form a national park, or to a study of that proposal’s feasibility, doesn’t much faze her land manager. “Right now my reaction is that the glass is still half full. …

Quimby buys historic Lunksoos Camps on Penobscot

TOWNSHIP 3, RANGE 7 | Writer Henry David Thoreau once canoed the East Branch of the Penobscot River and might have stood on the land that conservationist Roxanne Quimby will turn into an artistic and scientific center, she announced Tuesday. Quimby’s purchase of the 13.8-acre Lunksoos Camps on Friday …
Kathy Johnson (left) North Woods Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine talks with Roxanne Quimby before Thursday evening's National Park Service feasibility study meeting at Schenck High School in East Millinocket.

Quimby national park effort featured in new video

EAST MILLINOCKET | Those who want the National Park Service to study the feasibility of environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park have a new tool: An approximately 15-minute video illustrating the land Quimby hopes to give to the park service in 2016. Making an informal debut during a National …
Gov. Paul LePage

Looking back at 12 Maine newsmakers in 2012

A year ago, the Bangor Daily News identified a dozen Maine newsmakers who would bear watching in 2012. They are an eclectic mix of people representing government, education, the arts, health care and sports. As the year winds down, here’s a look at how they shaped the course of events …
A snowmobile is parked outside a gate on land owned by Roxanne Quimby in January 2011. Quimby has offered snowmobile clubs five years of access to snowmobile trails on her lands in exchange for support for her national park plan.

Quimby offer: 5 years of trail access for snowmobile clubs’ park support

MEDWAY | Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby has offered snowmobile clubs five years of access to snowmobile trails on her lands in exchange for support for her national park plan in an offer that plan opponents call coercive and divisive. At least two of the snowmobile clubs involved are …
Roxanne Quimby speaks during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May. Over 100 people attended the meeting where Quimby took questions from the audience.

Medway panel supports studying North Woods national park plan; Quimby to visit Millinocket next week

Less than a week before environmentalistRoxanne Quimby returns to the Kathadin region to discuss her proposal to create a national park near Baxter State Park, the Medway School Committee voted 3-0 Tuesday to support a study that would examine the feasibility of her plan. With members Hope …

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If Roxanne Quimby continues to buy up land as fast as she is…

Quimby, state agree on land deal Historic pact would ensure fiber for mills, trails access

Conservation philanthropist Roxanne Quimby is buying 8,900 acres east of Baxter State Park as part of a complex deal that will open up additional acreage in the Millinocket area to hunters, snowmobilers and other sportsmen, state officials said Friday. In what is being described as an unprecedented win-win-win situation, Quimby …
Stu Kallgren (foreground) of West Enflield, shrugs as he refers to Quimby's recent Forbes interview as he addresses Roxanne Quimby, Bob McIntosh (far right, a retired senior National Park Service official) and other participants in Thursday evening's feasibility study meeting at Schenck High School in East Millinocket. Moderating the public meeting was Schenck principal John W. Farrington (standing behind lectern).

Quimby goes to E. Millinocket, apologizes for ‘welfare state’ remarks

EAST MILLINOCKET | Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby apologized Thursday for calling Maine “a welfare state” and promised private, independent studies of the effect of her proposed 70,000-acre national park upon Katahdin region forest products industries. Responding to resident George Michaud’s statement that he didn’t know that Roxanne Quimby thought Mainers …
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Roxanne Quimby talks about her plans for the land she owns in the Millinocket region during a meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket recently. Over 100 people attended the meeting where Quimby took questions from the audience.

Quimby’s land plans reasonable, sensitive

Mainers believe deeply in the rights of individual property owners. Unless the property owner is Roxanne Quimby. Quimby has become as important a player in the Maine North Woods as any paper company executive. But to many of those who enjoy snowmobiling, riding ATVs, fishing, canoeing and hunting in those …
Roxanne Quimby during a public meeting at the Northern Maine Timber Cruisers snowmobile club in Millinocket in May 2011. Quimby's controversial proposal to donate about 70,000 acres she owns adjoining Baxter State Park to a national park looks like it will be an issue of some import in the coming local elections.

Quimby park plan to be factor in Millinocket election

Environmentalist and conservationist Roxanne Quimby’s controversial proposal to donate about 70,000 acres she owns adjoining Baxter State Park to a national park looks to be an issue of some import in the coming town elections. Town Council candidate Charles Cirame said that part of his platform involves …
Great Northern Paper Co. LLC President Peter Hanson discusses the future of his two mills during a Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting at River Driver's Restaurant outside Millinocket on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

Katahdin paper mills president says Quimby’s proposed national park doesn’t pose a threat

TOWNSHIP 1 RANGE 8 | The owner of the two Katahdin-region paper mills doesn’t think Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park would threaten his industry’s wood supply unless it grew far beyond 70,000 acres. Speaking before about 75 Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce members at River Driver’s Restaurant just outside …
Millinocket Town Council Chairman John Davis speaks during a
meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2011.

Millinocket council says no to Quimby, park feasibility study

Profound anti-federal government sentiments and fears of imperiling paper mill revitalization efforts were among reasons town leaders cited Thursday for opposing environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a national park. Against the wishes of a downtown business group and the region’s Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council …