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February 07, 2017

A Monumental Gift

A land donation by Roxanne Quimby, who made a fortune building Burt’s Bees, preserved a huge swath of woods — but only after a fight.

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PHILANTHROPIC ROOTS: Roxanne Quimby lived for years in rural Maine before amassing the natural-products fortune that allowed her to buy up and preserve tens of thousands of acres of the state's North Woods.

Roxanne Quimby is so enraptured by nature, and so devoted to mitigating her environmental footprint, that starting in the mid-1970s she lived for years in a self-built cottage in rural Maine without electricity or running water. For her and her...

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