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Action Alert! Speak up for Wildlife: Tell Congress You Support a National Park in Maine

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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We need your help in creating a new National Park and Recreation Area. Please contact your Congressional delegation members today.

Landowner Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. has offered to donate up to 150,000 acres east of Baxter State Park to the National Park Service to create a National Park and Recreation Area. But Maine’s congressional delegation must introduce legislation accepting the gift in order for Mainers to enjoy the broad range of conservation, recreation and economic benefits the proposed park and recreation area would provide. 

Please call your congressional delegation TODAY and let them know that you want the federal government to accept this generous gift and create a new National Park and National Recreation Area in northern Maine. Urge them to take leadership on this issue and submit legislation.

A National Park and Recreation Area in this location would preserve ecological attributes of particular significance to wildlife. A large undeveloped and unroaded landscape would allow animals to move safely between habitats by creating an important link between the adjacent Baxter State Park and surrounding working forest lands.

In addition, the land under consideration (which encompasses extensive wetlands and hundreds of miles of riparian habitat), is home to multiple rare plants and animals and boasts other high value habitats, including critical habitat for the federally endangered Canada lynx.

For more information about the benefits of the proposed park for wildlife and habitat conservation, go to our website.

If you want to help make this gift a reality, please contact your congressional delegates TODAY and urge them to be leaders on this issue and submit legislation accepting this precious gift.

Senator Angus King 
(202) 224-5344

Senator Susan Collins
(202) 224-2523

Representative Bruce Poliquin
(202) 225-6306

Representative Chellie Pingree
(202) 225-6116

For more information, please go to our web page about the proposed park or please contact:

JenniferJenn Burns Gray

Maine Audubon Staff Attorney and Advocate

[email protected]

(207) 781-2330 x224