January 30, 2023

SAM Resolution Opposing National Park

From the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s Facebook page:

The SAM Board of Directors has passed this Resolution in opposition to a new National Park as proposed by Roxanne Quimby adjacent to Baxter State Park. Feel free to share it. It will also appear in the next SAM News.


WE, The 10,000 members of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, assembled for the purpose of advocating for conservation of our natural resources and for the defense of our sporting heritage believe that the proposed National Park and Recreational Area plan is flawed in that it excludes a range of vital economic, cultural and traditional recreational uses such as hunting, trapping and snowmobiling; in addition; Maine’s public access and forestry policies have historically ensured a productive industrial forest which over many generations has provided high paying jobs for Maine citizens and contributed to Maine’s tax base while providing a rich range of recreational opportunities which are not allowed under National Park Service policies.

Further, the proposed park is not a Maine idea but quite the opposite. It threatens established land management practices, robust forestry-related economic activity, and the varied traditional recreational uses which Maine citizens hold dear. Additionally, the so-called “Recreational Area” proposal rests in very large part on the future acquisition (by unspecified means) of tens of thousands of acres to which the park’s proponents have neither rights nor title. And,

WHEREAS, the forests of Maine provide thousands of proud Mainers with good jobs and sporting opportunities to recreate; and

WHEREAS, the creation of a National Park would prohibit economic activity such as logging, operation of sporting camps, and retail activities to support the businesses there; and

WHEREAS, management of Maine’s historic fisheries would be thrown into question, possibly stifling opportunities to seek native brook trout and landlocked salmon; and

WHEREAS, sustainable forest practices enhance wildlife habitat and prevent fire danger; and

WHEREAS, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, and other traditional outdoor activities would be severely limited or banned in a National Park, obliterating hundreds of years of traditional access; and

WHEREAS, the so-called Recreational Area is mostly owned by private landowners and proponents of the Park and Recreation would have to acquire the property and that acquisition is in question, and

WHEREAS, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling are worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Maine’s rural economy every year, and would be negatively affected; and

WHEREAS, “eco-tourism” around a National Park can be defined as seasonal tee-shirt shops, water slides, and miniature golf courses as found in the approaches to Acadia National Park in areas that were once abundant farmland; and

WHEREAS, our sporting tradition and heritage is what makes Maine truly a special place and world-class destination that would be impossible to maintain in or around a National Park; and

WHEREAS, the discussion of a National Park creates divisions within our communities when we should be working together, therefore The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, as the state’s largest conservation organization, resolve that:

1. We stand in strong opposition to the creation of a National Park and Recreational Area and further, and,

2. We stand in firm defense of our sporting heritage, in order to bestow and endow future generations with the same blessings that have been bestowed to us.


Another Maine Town Resolves to Oppose Question One

Press Release from Save Maine’s Bear Hunt:

Augusta, Maine- The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council is pleased to announce that for the second time this summer a town has issued a resolution in opposition to Question 1, the bear referendum which proposes to eliminate Maine’s three most effective methods of controlling Maine’s bear population. The Town of Portage Lake notified the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council on Wednesday that they had unanimously supported this resolution and join the town of Millinocket in their formal opposition.

“We are so pleased that yet another municipality has decided to formally oppose Question 1. Question 1 would hurt hundreds of small businesses (guides and outfitters, as well as the associated businesses that support them), and undermines 40 years of scientific research at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that concludes these three methods of hunting are vital to controlling Maine’s large bear population,” said James Cote, Campaign Manager for the No on 1 campaign. “We encourage all municipalities to learn about the science behind these three methods and the nationally recognized bear management program at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.”

History clearly shows that in states where these methods were banned, bears are becoming an increased problem and pose a serious threat to public safety (see attached bullets). In addition, we know that states like North Carolina, New York, and others are seeking to implement new methods of controlling their bear populations because they have become such an issue.

“The bottom line is that long after the proponents of this legislation decamp to Washington, D.C., Maine people and local leaders would have to assume the burden and cost of dealing with an out of control bear population. That’s not what we want for Maine people and that’s not the way we think bears should be managed. Let’s leave the management of Maine’s healthy bear population to the nationally recognized bear biologists and game wardens at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife,” said Cote.