A New National Park for Maine? (New York Times)

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Establishing a national park is easier said than done, and no one knows this better than Maine landowners Lucas St. Clair and Roxanne Quimby. The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Park is not yet a reality, and may never be due to vehement opposition from locals. Will a grass-roots campaign eventually achieve national park status? The New York Times examines this question, along with the benefits and drawbacks of the proposition.


  1. Eric Weis '73 says:

    I love Baxter State Park when I lived in “Vacationland”. Second only to Acadia. I am also an ardent conservationist and supporter of conservancy.

    However, let’s note that Springer Mountain in GA (the other end of the Appalachians) is not a national park, although the Great Smokies (in between) are. It is worth trying to preserve Katahdin, the Greatest Mountain of the Penobscot Indians. I would hope that these aboriginal/indigenous people would support such an idea.

    There are other levels of national recognition, such as wilderness areas, landmarks, monuments and forests (which include greater levels of human activity). With so much of Maine already used in the wood and paper industry, would conserving this area be such a great sacrifice? I doubt it.

    But I am not holding my breath. Achieving national park status is a long and arduous process which can take generations. I just hope that my grandchildren and their grandchildren will be able to experience the Katahdin that I remember.

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