Stories about Roxanne Quimby

Millinocket Town Councilor John Raymond [left], explains a map with assistance from Councilor Michael Madore during a Town Council meeting August 2011.

Millinocket leaders to work with national park advocate to revive ATV trail agreement

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
Town leaders will be working with leading national park proponent Lucas St. Clair to resurrect a 2007 land-use agreement with Roxanne Quimby that would expand the Katahdin region’s multiuse recreational trail network, officials said Friday. Former Town Councilor John Raymond and fellow ATV trail network organizer Paul …
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 …
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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 …
Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley

Bill would give Maine Legislature ‘final say’ on allowing another national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 24, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | New legislation put forward by Gov. Paul LePage appears to take aim at proponents of a national park in Maine by giving the Legislature final say on large federal projects that would require the acquisition of state land. The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will review on Tuesday LD …
Maine College of Art student Peter Hyde heats an instrument over a torch while working on a sculpture.

Maine College of Art sees unprecedented growth with new focus on translating education to work

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 31, 2013, at 6:08 a.m.
PORTLAND | With 140 first-year students arriving this weekend, Maine College of Art is seeing its largest incoming class in eight years. School officials say that’s evidence the college is emerging on the national scene and that their increased focus on helping student artists make the leap into professional …
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Quimby takes 70,000-acre park plan ‘off the table,’ seeks more input, son says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 11, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.
Roxanne Quimby’s family has withdrawn its proposal to build a 70,000-acre national park adjacent to Baxter State Park, her son Lucas St. Clair said Tuesday. The family would still like to see a national park in northern Maine, but has withdrawn its proposal submitted to the National Park Service and …
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Roxanne Quimby makes national top 100 largest landowners list

By Bill Trotter on Oct. 03, 2012, at 8:41 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A person whose name is familiar to many Mainers has joined the ranks of the top 100 largest private landowners in the country, according to a national publication that focuses on land uses and transactions. Roxanne Quimby, who co-founded Burt’s Bees natural cosmetics firm and has purchased …
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Committee formed to fight Quimby’s national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 14, 2012, at 4:44 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | Seven northern Penobscot County residents, including county Commissioner Steve Stanley of Medway, will form a committee charged with opposing Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park, officials said Friday. The Coordination Work Group consists of residents of the unincorporated areas and county towns. Members are Stanley, Terry Hill …
Artist Bryant Holsenback (right), of Durham, N.C., gives feedback to Deer Isle-Stonington sophomore Autumn Robbins, 14, and other students as they helped assemble a mandala made up of thousands of bottle caps, can lids and other items at the Haystack Mountain School of Carfts' Center for Community Programs in Deer Isle in November 2009.

Haystack to launch new residency program with help from Quimby

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 20, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.
DEER ISLE | Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is set to launch a three-year residency program at its Island campus in Deer Isle. The new “Open Studio Residency” program will open Haystack’s many studios to about 40 participants for …
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Penobscot County commissioners to discuss Quimby park plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 17, 2012, at 8:12 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine – Town Manager Eugene Conlogue will ask Penobscot County leaders to oppose Roxanne Quimby’s proposed national park, even as the philanthropist’s son says he continues to search for the best use of her 70,000 acres. Speaking as a prominent member of the Maine Woods Coalition, Conlogue will address …
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Medway group no longer pushing for Quimby park feasibility study

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 13, 2012, at 1:43 p.m.
One of the first groups formed to investigate environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s 70,000-acre national park proposal is benching itself because of disagreement with her over the direction of the park effort, a founding member said Monday. The National Park Regional Citizen Evaluation Committee “will become inactive” and “will …
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

By Alex Barber on Feb. 10, 2012, at 8:12 p.m.
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 …
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

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2012, at 12:52 p.m.
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 …
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Great Northern Paper union opposes Quimby park plan

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 11, 2012, at 1:02 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | One of the larger unions at the new Great Northern Paper Co. mill has joined the group of forest products industry members opposing environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s proposed 70,000-acre national park. Stu Kallgren of Enfield, a pulper-operator at the mill, said he and other United Steelworkers Local …
Gov. Paul LePage

Twelve Maine newsmakers to watch in 2012

BDN staff reports on Jan. 01, 2012, at 1:47 a.m.
What will dominate the headlines in Maine now that 2011 is over and 2012 is beginning to unfold? Count on reading plenty about the latest developments in the administration of Gov. Paul LePage. There will undoubtedly be ongoing controversy regarding the proposed national park in the Maine woods. Ditto the …
Linda Bean holds a hat from The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which features a lobster in her Freeport restaurant in October 2011.

11 to watch in 2011 — where are they now?

on Dec. 26, 2011, at 7:58 p.m.
On Jan. 1, 2011, the Bangor Daily News named 11 people to watch in the coming year. Some of them were household names, others were newcomers to the state’s political and economic landscape, a handful worked relatively quietly in their fields of endeavor. Not all of them fared well as …
The gate Roxanne Quimby erected near Wilson Stream in Elliotsville Township.

Piscataquis County commissioners to re-examine validity of Roxanne Quimby’s gate

By Alex Barber on Dec. 21, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Piscataquis County commissioners said they will look into the archives to see if Wilson Stream Pond Road in Elliotsville Township is a legal right-of-way. Philanthropist Roxanne Quimby erected a gate on the road earlier this year and it has been a sore point with residents. The …
Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3, Range 8, Maine, on land owned by Roxanne Quimby, in January 2011. Quimby has offered to donate a 70,000-acre parcel she owns to create a national park adjacent to the state's Baxter Park. Former state Senate president Charles Pray wants a study that looks beyond the scope of a national park's possible effects on tourism and looks at its broader implications.

Former Maine Senate president calls for broader study on proposed national park

By GLENN ADAMS, The Associated Press on Dec. 03, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.
MILLINOCKET | As a public debate over a northern Maine national park becomes politicized, a former Maine Senate president is calling for a broader look at the future uses of the region. Charles Pray, who represented the region encompassing the park for nearly two decades, said he wants a …
Roxanne Quimby poses in Portland, Maine.

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

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 22, 2011, at 1:16 p.m.
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 …
Elliotsville Township residents are upset with a gate Roxanne Quimby erected near Wilson Stream.

Gate to Roxanne Quimby’s land ‘yanked out,’ resident says

By Alex Barber on Nov. 15, 2011, at 2:51 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby’s gate on Wilson Stream Pond Road in Elliotsville Township has been vandalized, the Piscataquis County commissioners were told Tuesday morning. “I think we had an incident,” said Clowes Brown of Elliotsville Township, who attended the commissioners’ meeting to see if the gate could be …