87,500 Acre Gift from Roxanne Quimby P’96 Creates a National Monument in Maine
Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument
Roxanne Quimby P’96, founder of Burt’s Bees, made an epic act of philanthropy by donating 87,500 acres of land to the National Park Service. President Barack Obama declared the land, by executive action, a new national monument just one day before the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The National Park Service Director says,
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the centennial and underscore our mission than by adding this extraordinary piece of Maine’s North Woods to the National Park System,”
The Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument is the 413th park unit in the National Park System. Quimby’s children, Lucas St. Clair ’96 and Hannah Quimby ’96, played an integral role in the campaign for the monument. For the last several years St. Clair has served as President of the Board of the Elliotsville Plantation Inc, the organization formed to manage the family’s land in Maine, while Quimby has served as the Executive Director of the Quimby Family Foundation.
The new monument is full of Maine wildlife including iconic bald eagles, moose, coyotes, black bears, deer, snowshoe hares, bobcats, fisher cats, and Canada lynx. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says, “Through this incredibly generous private gift for conservation, these lands will remain accessible to current and future generations of Americans, ensuring the rich history of Mainers’ hunting, fishing and recreation heritage will forever be preserved,”
Quimby/St. Clair Family to Receive Maine’s Conservation Leadership Award
In recognition of their work on the monument and other conservation efforts, the Quimby/St. Clair family will be presented with the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) Conservation Leadership award at the NRCM’s Conservation Leadership Awards event on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in South Portland.
This is the second year in a row Gould alumni have been honored by the NRCM. Phil Coupe ’86 was the recipient of the 2015 Conservation Leadership Award for his extraordinary contributions to the conservation of Maine lands and Bonnie Pooley P’81 was chosen for the 2015 People’s Choice Award for her outstanding success in engaging young people in the work of protecting Maine’s environment.