Thomas Urquhart

“Up for Grabs” Presentation & Book Signing

Up for Grabs: Timber Pirates, Lumber Barons, and the Battles Over Maine’s Public Lands – Presentation & Book Signing with Thomas Urquhart

Each year thousands of men and women and families recreate on Maine’s Public Reserved Lands. Most of these visitors know only that the large green areas on the map promise them access to some of the state’s most magnificent places. Very few have any idea how Maine acquired them. Or that, as a conservation success, their acquisition (600,000 acres) rivals the celebrated purchase and gift to Maine people of Baxter State Park (210,000 acres) by Governor Percival Baxter. 

Thomas Urquhart, former executive director of Maine Audubon, tells the story of the state’s Public Reserved Lands and how we got them, and how they speak to the very essence of Maine’s identity. With dramatic moments and colorful characters, the book weaves its way from 1820 to the present, providing an engaging and informative overview of conservation and preservation in Maine.

Thomas Urquhart is the author of For the Beauty of the Earth (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004). He has written extensively on Maine’s natural resources for such publications as Down East Magazine, Audubon, Habitat, and Port City Life.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Registration is encouraged, though drops-in are welcome if space permits.


Apr 14 2022


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105