Tag Archives: Lucas St. Clair

Zinke’s decision to keep Maine monument worth celebrating

After months of nervous hand-wringing, news began to trickle out of Washington, D.C., on Thursday that ought to make many supporters of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument happy.   The review of the monument by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is complete, and first indications, according to those who are familiar with Zinke’s […]

Darkness as a tourist draw? Believe it

For many of us who grew up in small towns, the allure of the bright lights in big cities serve as an inexorable draw. We travel to those hotspots for business and on vacation, and take advantage of offerings our country-mouse hometowns might not provide. But city folks often strive to visit those special, quiet […]

Monumental thoughts from the deep Maine woods

On Wednesday, as many of my journalistic brethren were packing themselves into the designated press vans for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s visit, I took a different approach. Not because I wanted to, though, but because the vans were full and the BDN already had two seats filled with a reporter and photographer. […]

Pretty as a picture: Zinke gets a monumental view

High atop the bluff that offers visitors the Oh My Gosh view that’s one trademark of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, artist Marsha Donahue worked at her easel, creating a painting of Maine’s tallest mountain. This view, she said, has become among her favorites, and she has spent plenty of time painting here, at […]

Some things you ought to know about Maine’s new national monument

On Wednesday evening, Lucas St. Clair — president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and the man who led the effort to establish a national monument in northern Maine — sat down to chat with me in front of a packed house at the Bangor Public Library. The event was the BDN’s latest Dirigo Speaks event, in […]

Monumental visit: Secretary of the Interior tours Katahdin Woods and Waters

Before U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell got down to the serious business of enjoying herself on a pair of outings in the newly formed Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, she smiled after fielding a decidedly off-beat question. “Are you going to call a moose?” I asked. “I will if you teach me,” […]

New book on Roxanne Quimby, warts and all, is illuminating

In parts of rural Maine, Roxanne Quimby has achieved that iconic status usually reserved for entertainers and athletes: Utter her first name — just her first name — and nearly everyone will know who you’re talking about. “Roxanne’s land,” people will say, describing the acreage the millionaire has purchased in the Maine woods. “Roxanne’s park,” […]

What do you think about the new Quimby access plan?

On Monday the BDN shared some big outdoor news: Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the company that oversees Roxanne Quimby’s lands in Maine, has decided to open up access to thousands of acres of northern forest. On 40,000 acres, that means that hunting will be allowed, effective immediately (or, more accurately, as soon as the “No Hunting” […]