MILLINOCKET, Maine –Â In opposition to increased public relations campaigning to encourage support for Roxanne Quimbyâ€™s proposed National Park in the Katahdin Region, a diverse group of concerned Maine citizens has been formed. The group, in opposition to a feasibility or reconnaissance study and National Park, has launched a new website, www.preservemainetraditions.com, aimed to share cited facts about the impact of a proposed National Park that would encompass 70,000 acres east of Baxter State Park. The group is especially concerned that this 70,000 acre proposed Park will grow over time, as most National Parks historically do. Preserve Maine Traditions focus is to provide information and engage discussion with the general public. The mission of this group is to ensure traditional usage, preserve the culture and heritage of the region, and promote retaining multi-use access in the region. Members of Preserve Maine Traditions look forward to finding a solution that encourages a compromise to include options such as state government conservation easement, land trust, State Park status, or other alternatives that would allow traditional access for recreation and employment. Maine has a successful track record of managing public lands, with a critical component of ensuring traditional and multi-usage recreation for all. Preserve Maine traditions believes that proponents should be exploring these options that would allow Maine to financially prosper from its unique forestland, while conserving that land in parallel. Members of Preserve Maine Traditions recognize and appreciate the natural treasures of the region, and promote a diverse economy with a steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship.
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