October 3, 2022

Debate On Baxter Begins Monday

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I encourage all readers to contact your legislators and let them know how you feel about the land swap deal involving Baxter State Park. If you are not up to speed on what is going on, the links below can enlightened you about the debate thus far.

Maine Outdoors Today, Maine Hunting Today and Maine Fishing Today, are opposed to the plan as it is written. The reason we feel this way is because the lands being swapped are not an even exchange. More than likely the land surrounding Katahdin Lake, once it becomes part of the Park, will be closed to hunting, trapping, snowmobiling and ATVs.

Full recreational use will not be allowed and the 7,400 acres of public lands will be lost. We hear promises that money earned from the sale of public land will be used to purchase more public land but there are no promises and this I find disturbing.

However you feel about the deal, contact your legislator and let them know. I think we need to look to the future for public lands and not at the moment. Proponents of this deal describe the loss of public land as “no big deal”. Attitudes of this kind are what has gotten states all across America in serious trouble with lack of public lands for recreation.

This link will take you to the Maine State Legislative home page. From there an easy navigation will help you find the Senator or Congressperson in your district. E-mail them and share your thoughts.

Previous posts here, here, here, here and here.

Tom Remington