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May 24, 2016

Land Gift for Proposed Maine Park Mired in Controversy

The Washington Post reports on the latest developments in the battle in Maine over Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby's proposal to donate 88,000 acres of land at $40 million to establish a national park in the state's pristine North Woods.

Maine's governor, Congressional delegation, and — according to a referendum vote — most area residents oppose the plan, which many in the region denounce as a government land grab. Critics turned out in force at public meetings hosted last week by Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, but he also heard from supporters who say the park would generate badly needed jobs and investment in the economically distressed region.

The pro-park effort is being led by Lucas St. Clair, Ms. Quimby's son. With Maine's Congressional representatives declining to propose legislation authorizing the park, Mr. St. Clair is now calling for President Obama to designate the land a national monument, under which status it would managed in virtually the same fashion as a national park.