A $100-million plan backed by Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby to establish a new national park in the region of Maine's highest mountain is meeting resistance from area residents and officials who fear federal-government intrusion in their lives, reports the Associated Press.
Ms. Quimby wants to donate 70,000 acres of wilderness, valued at $60 million, to create Maine Woods National Park next to existing Baxter State Park, home of Mount Katahdin, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. She has also pledged to give $20 million from her foundation and raise a like amount from other donors.
The plan has generated widespread aversion, with voters in the towns of Medway and East Millinocket opposing it by a 2-1 margin in nonbinding referendums this summer. Supporters say the park would provide hundreds of jobs in an area devastated by the closure of paper mills that were long its mainstay, but critics contend it would have little economic impact and would bring unwanted federal regulation.