OLD TOWN, Maine (AP) — Roxanne Quimby has purchased 11,291 acres of forestland east of Maine's Baxter State Park near the land she wants to transform into a national park.
Located east of the Penobscot River's East Branch, the land includes forestland, a flood plain with significant wetlands, the Seboeis River, and Peaked Mountain.
Traditional uses such as snowmobiling and hunting will continue for one year.
Elliotsville Plantation Inc., Quimby's foundation, says the long-term plan is to allow motorized recreation, hunting and logging on the land to offset her proposal to donate more than 70,000 acres for a national park, where hunting and snowmobiling would be off limits.
Quimby also envisions setting aside another 30,000 acres of woodlands north of Dover-Foxcroft to be managed like a state park, with hunting and snowmobiling allowed.